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Volunteer Core

The new Volunteer Core curriculum will take effect fall 2022.
The General Education Committee is accepting 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

To learn more about the submission process or to submit a course proposal to be reviewed for inclusion in Vol Core, click on the corresponding category below. If you are submitting to more than one category, you must complete a separate application process for each category.

NOTE: AFTER YOU SUBMIT A PROPOSAL, YOU WILL RECEIVE AN EMAIL LETTING YOU KNOW IT HAS BEEN RECEIVED. If you do not receive that confirmation email within 72 hours, your proposal was not successfully submitted and you need to submit it again. If you continue to have difficulties submitting, please email us to let us know.

You will also receive emails as your proposal moves through the review process. The review process begins with a General Education Subcommittee approval and then goes to the General Education Committee for approval. From there it goes to the Undergraduate Council for approval and finally to the Faculty Senate. Until you receive notification that your course proposal has been approved by the Faculty Senate, it is not eligible to be listed as a Vol Core course.

You may track your submitted proposal through the review process.

Some categories under the current curriculum and the new Vol Core curriculum may have the same name but different criteria.

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).

Volunteer Core Assessment

Volunteer Core Course Assessment Document (revised 10/2020)

Volunteer Core – Frequently Asked Questions

General Education – FAQ

Guidelines for Revising and Removing Volunteer Core Courses

Guidelines for revising and removing courses from a General Education list