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Comets to the Core

Comets to the Core is a 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 group members will work together to propose a multi-faceted solution to a problem selected by UT Dallas students, faculty and staff. The problem selected for the 2019-20 academic year is childhood poverty. Comets to the Core is designed to help students showcase skill-sets in the areas of critical thinking, oral and written communication, problem-solving, teamwork, and social and personal responsibility, providing 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. First-time in college students are required to complete the project during their first semester at UT Dallas and again during their third 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. Learn more about UT Dallas’ core curriculum assessment process.

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.
  • Identify the social, political, environmental, and economic components of a complex world problem, and will provide a solution that addresses sustainability in each of these areas.

Project Details

A suggested timeline of weekly tasks can be found here. This information is also available on the UNIV 1010 and UNIV 2020 course homepages in eLearning. You may also want to review the frequently asked questions for more information.