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Curriculum and Assessment

Pamela CheekCurriculum and Assessment refers to the processes used by the university to assure that students from diverse communities and in a broad range of programs thrive in their learning.  Curriculum encompasses the sets of courses that students may choose from as they make their way through the stages of general education, undergraduate majors and possible graduate programs or professional schools.  Assessment involves the study of how and whether students have full opportunities to learn in the curriculum and are supported by the co-curriculum (the range of services and non-academic programs at the university). The Interim Associate Provost for Curriculum and Assessment, Dr. Pamela Cheek, oversees the Offices of Advising Strategies and of Assessment and supports preparation for the Higher Learning Commission reaccreditation visit in Spring 2019. An Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature, Dr. Cheek works to hear and incorporate into her own thinking the perspectives of students, colleagues, researchers and community members from diverse backgrounds. She became an educator out of a conviction that educational opportunity lies at the foundation of equity and social justice.


General Education and the Core Curriculum

In 2018-19, general education, or the Core Curriculum, is a major focus for re-design and improvement at UNM. Transformation of general education follows the guidelines provided in the 2017 Faculty Senate General Education Task Force Report on Findings, endorsed by the Faculty Senate, the Deans’ Council, and the Office of the Provost.

As part of the general education initiative, the Provost is inviting faculty to become Provost’s Core Curriculum Teaching Fellows:


The Office of the Provost invites faculty (main and branch campuses, T-T and Lecturers) interested in transforming how we educate undergraduates in the general education core curriculum to become one of a dozen Provost’s Core Curriculum Teaching Fellows. While enhancing their own courses, Fellows will receive $3,000 fellowships to develop a community of practice in one of six areas of engagement:

· Community Engaged Learning
· Racial & Social Justice
· Global Awareness
· Undergraduate Research
· Innovation
· Writing Across the Curriculum