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Volunteer Core

The new Volunteer Core curriculum will take effect fall 2022.
The General Education Committee has begun to accept proposals for courses under the Vol Core curriculum.
Attend a meeting, view a Power Point, or watch a video to learn more.


Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis, but must be submitted no later than October 15 of the year prior to the effective catalog year. Please see the implementation calendar for important dates and deadlines.

Volunteer Core

In spring 2017, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, approved a proposal to redesign the general education curriculum, which will take effect fall 2022.

  • The draft of the catalog copy for the Vol Core Curriculum is provided for your reference. This document shows details about both the curriculum and the criteria for each category.
  • View an overview of the Vol Core requirements.
  • Compare the current general education requirements to the new Vol Core.
  • Some categories under the current curriculum and the Vol Core curriculum may have the same name but different criteria. The same application form may be used for both.

Other resources include a PPT presentation to the Academic Council on March 7, 2019, and accompanying handouts.

Application Process

Application forms, approved courses, and a list of subcommittee members may be found on the individual category pages:

Instructions for Vol Core Proposals

Some categories under the current curriculum and the new Vol Core curriculum may have the same name but different criteria. The same form may be used for both.

All current General Education courses will need to re-apply for Volunteer Core designation if departments wish those courses to satisfy a Vol Core requirement. No course in the current general education curriculum will automatically carry over to the new Vol Core curriculum.

In order for a course to be considered for Volunteer Core designation, an application is required that articulates the ways in which the course would meet the student learning outcomes for that category and addresses how those outcomes will be assessed, both at the student level (i.e., formative and summative class assignments) and the course level (i.e., plans for ongoing assessment and course development).

Completed proposals should be dropped into a Sharepoint folder (sign in with your UTK email address and password; contact Barbara Murphy, Chair, General Education Committee, if you have difficulty) or emailed to (copy the appropriate subcommittee chair and the administrative officer having primary responsibility for undergraduate curriculum in the course’s host college to notify them of the submission). New courses must be approved at the College level prior to General Education approval, but proposals may be submitted concurrently in order to ensure sufficient time for review.

Volunteer Core Assessment

Volunteer Core Course Assessment Document (revised 10/2020)

Volunteer Core – Frequently Asked Questions

General Education – FAQ