Regents Approve Revised Core Curriculum Guidelines

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The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today adopted the revised Coordinating Board for Higher Education (CBHE) recommended high school core curriculum policy guidelines, which increased the number of units needed to graduate from a Missouri public high school from 22 to 24.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Oct. 26, 2006 – The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today adopted the revised Coordinating Board for Higher Education (CBHE) recommended high school core curriculum policy guidelines, which increased the number of units needed to graduate from a Missouri public high school from 22 to 24.  The new CBHE policy becomes applicable with this year’s ninth grade class.

The CBHE has encouraged public universities to incorporate the 24-unit high school core curriculum into the admissions processes for first-time freshmen.  However, the admissions and placement decisions will still be made at the institutional level and Southeast Missouri State University admission requirements will continue to remain at the moderately selective level.

The previous CBHE policy recommended that high school students take 22 units of credit.  With the new policy, CBHE is recommending an additional unit of science and an additional elective unit, and is strongly recommending that high school students take two units of a single foreign language.

The CBHE-recommended high school core curriculum includes four units of English/language arts, three units of social studies, three units of mathematics, three units of science, one unit of fine arts, three units of additional coursework to include one unit in practical arts, one unit in physical education, one-half unit in health education and one-half unit in personal finance, and seven elective units.

The new CBHE 24-unit high school core curriculum is designed to prepare high school students for access to and retention and success in collegiate-level work.