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Chancellor Erroll B. Davis, Jr. and the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia
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1. believe that no reliable academic data have been provided to substantiate the assertion that the current University System of Georgia (USG) core curriculum fails to prepare students for success in a globalized twenty-first century;
2. reject the manner in which those appointed to lead the Strong Foundations project compelled the Core Curriculum Competencies Committee and the Curriculum Design & Assessment Committee to conform to predetermined parameters;
3. believe that adoption of either of the proposed conceptual models would:
A. produce a USG core curriculum that is aligned neither with the Georgia Performance Standards, the high school curriculum mandated by the Georgia Department of Education, nor with the College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC), the high school curriculum required by the Board of Regents for entrance to USG institutions;
B. fail to give Georgia students a deep understanding of globalization;
C. diminish students' knowledge of American subject matter (history, government, society, culture, etc.), vitally important scientific knowledge, and the actual nature of globalization;
D. complicate and imperil students' ability to transfer credits among USG institutions and between colleges and universities outside the USG system and thus significantly decrease the number of Georgians who earn college degrees;
E. waste millions of taxpayer dollars on an unwise transition to a new core.
For these reasons, we believe that adoption of either of the proposed conceptual models would degrade undergraduate education and the value of undergraduate degrees at public colleges and universities in Georgia.
We call on Chancellor Davis and the Board of Regents to end the current Strong Foundations process and to engage in a genuine critical review of the current core curriculum in which faculty carefully review relevant data and are allowed to freely examine, challenge, and defend all possibilities (including keeping the current core, modifying the current core, and replacing the current core).