Program Description

The OSU Core Curriculum is designed to strengthen knowledge and skills for effective supervision and management at OSU. The program focuses on three areas:

1. State and University Service: Promote and model the ethics and values of public employee values in a higher education institution. 

2. Performance Management: Enable employees to do their best by communicating, providing feedback and addressing performance problems.

3. Worklife Management: Maintain an open, safe, accessible and considerate work environment and ensure an environment free of discrimination or harassment.

Multiple speakers will lead you through topics that address the above areas. The Program Overview provides additional information.


This program is offered Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer terms. It includes online pre-work in Canvas followed by 16 hours of classroom training.



Below are actual testimonials taken from Core Curriculum evaluations:

  • "This was a great experience for me, not only in increasing my knowledge of OSU practices, but in listening to all the feedback from colleagues-I valued every word. I feel that I have gained just enough information to increase my awareness level, which inspires me to want to learn more. Thank you so much!"
  • "I've learned more in this workshop than any other workshop I've attended in the management area. I have attended workshops outside of OSU, but this was more useful because it was tailored to OSU. This course has provided me with more tools than I ever imagined. I look forward to applying everything I learned. Thank you!"
  • "It's nice to find out what resources are available on campus that can provide assistance when we need it. I wish I had taken this course years ago."