General Education Assessment

Educational assessment is the systematic collection, analysis, and use of data related to academic programs. The general education assessment package is designed to measure the extent to which students have attained those competencies identified by the university. Data collected will be used for program improvement purposes rather than determination of individual student progression through a program of study. Participation in assessment activities related to general education goals is a requirement for all undergraduate students.


Goals Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Methods
1. Communication
Students communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. A. Read with comprehension.
B. Write effectively using supportive, synthesized evidence and document sources.
C. Speak cogently in presenting information.
D. Listen effectively.
Freshman English Assessment
ETS Proficiency Profile
2. Collaboration
Students participate effectively in collaborative activities and cooperative learning. E. Actively participate in structured, recursive processes where two or more students work together toward a common goal.
F. Share knowledge, adjust to unforeseen circumstances, make decisions, and build consensus.
Collaboration rubric (UNIV)
3. Critical Thinking
Students evaluate claims, arguments, evidence, and hypotheses. G. Accurately interpret evidence, thoughtfully evaluate alternative points of view, draw judicious conclusions, justify results, and explain reasoning.
H. Engage in skepticism, judgment, free thinking, abstract reasoning, questioning and understanding.
ETS Proficiency Profile
4. Contextual Analysis
Students analyze contemporary issues within the context of diverse disciplinary perspectives. I. Recognize and appreciate cultural diversity so as to participate intelligently and actively in society.
J. Evaluate issues within multicultural, global and international contexts.
K. Develop a personal value system while retaining tolerance for others.
NSSE Topical Module
5. Quantitative Reasoning
Students demonstrate the ability to use quantitative analysis to solve problems. L. Apply mathematical concepts and skills to solve problems and communicate solutions.
M. Articulate and advocate appropriate applications of quantitative reasoning in various settings.
N. Understand the scientific method.
Freshman Math Assessment
ETS Proficiency Profile
6. Information Literacy
Students demonstrate effective use of technology to attain credible information for a specific purpose. O. Determine extent of information required, access information efficiently, evaluate information and its sources critically.
P. Use information appropriately to accomplish a specific purpose
Q. Understand the economic, legal, ethical and social issues surrounding use of information.
Information literacy rubric (ENGL)
NSSE Topical Module