General Education Assessment
The General Education program consists of the courses that constitute the General Education Core Curriculum, the basis for the college’s undergraduate degrees. The courses develop the far-reaching skills found in courses across multiple academic disciplines.
From 2009-2011, a team of college administrators and faculty developed a plan to assess the general education learning outcomes that are found in the courses throughout the General Education Core Curriculum. This plan served as one of the college’s 2009-13 AQIP Action Projects for reaccreditation from the Higher Learning Commission. The college developed the general education assessment plan over the course of two years. Teams of faculty and administrators reviewed assessment plans at similar institutions, participated in a rubric development process with three neighboring community colleges, and formed a semi-permanent work group to oversee the plan and promote other assessment initiatives at the college.
The plan was launched in the spring of 2012, which served as a period of pilot data collection for four of the college’s eleven general education outcomes. The plan will continue in fall 2012 and over the course of the next three academic years. The ultimate goal is to assess all eleven of the general education outcomes.
Project co-chairs will share the pilot data with the faculty at the fall 2012 in-service. The results will inform the fall semester’s data collection procedures and processes for improvements to curriculum and instruction. Once the project is complete, assessment of general education will continue as one of the college’s major areas of academic assessment.
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