The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB)

To clarify why the UNT Core is what it is and why it configured as it is, what is provided below is an explanation from state and national perspectives.

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Texas Core Curriculum

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board specifies for all public universities the foundation areas, objectives, and reporting mechanisms related to the Core Curriculum.

According to the THECB website on the purpose of the Texas Core Curriculum is as follows:

Through the Texas Core Curriculum, students will gain a foundation of knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world, develop principles of personal and social responsibility for living in a diverse world, and advance intellectual and practical skills that are essential for all learning.

The Objectives, Foundation Areas, and numbers of credits assigned to each are shown in a table: Table of Foundational Component Areas.


In 2015, the THECB introduced a 15 year initiative, 60X30TX which includes the directives for the Core Curriculum to address Marketable Skills embodied in the Texas Core Curriculum.

Reporting Core Curriculum Activity

For the 2014 Core Curriculum, the THECB requires that each institution report on the results of assessments of all objectives, for all foundation areas. This report is submitted every ten years. Click here to view the specifications of the report on pages 19-20. Annually, a report is written at UNT that includes documentation on the assessment of the Core objectives, and is maintained in the UNT Tracdat system.