Comets to the Core

Comets to the Core is a new co-curricular requirement that began in the fall semester of 2017 for all incoming freshmen.  Each student will be placed in a group with four other incoming students from different majors. The groups will work together using their members’ unique skill-sets to propose a multi-faceted solution to a problem selected by UT Dallas students, faculty and staff. The problem selected for the 2018-19 academic year is the global water crisis.

Comets to the Core is designed to help students cultivate skill-sets in the areas of critical thinking, oral and written communication, problem solving, teamwork, and social and personal responsibility; however, it also provides UT Dallas with an opportunity to determine what students know with respect to these skill-sets, as is required by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.  UT Dallas requires first-time in college students to complete the project during the first six weeks of their first semester, and again during the first six weeks of their junior year. This allows the University to measure changes in students’ skill-sets after they have completed two years of their core curriculum, and provides information that can be used to make improvements to core curriculum courses and other student experiences across campus. Additional information on UT Dallas’ core curriculum assessment process can be found here.

Student Learning Outcomes

Comets to the Core will enable students to:

  • Collaborate with students from other disciplines to develop a solution to a real-world problem.
  • Analyze research to identify how they can alleviate social problems in the real world.
  • Explain how their proposed solution is useful and important.

Project Details

A suggested timeline of weekly tasks can be found here. This information is also available on the UNIV 1010 Course Homepage in eLearning.

You may also want to review the frequently asked questions for more information.