Assessment

Process

GS Assessment Process

Assessment of the GS Program is a vital component of continuous improvement and in evaluating if the program is achieving its stated goals. The assessment of General Studies is conducted on a rotating basis with each category or area assessed once during the 3-year cycle.

Semester

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Fall

Foundational Core: Written Communication and Oral Communication

Foundational Core: MATH and Democracy in Perspective

Distribution: Natural Sciences, Analytical & Quantitative Thought; and Wellness

 

Spring

Portal Courses (all classes with course number 188)

Distribution: Aesthetics, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Capstone Courses (all classes with course number 188)

The assessment of GS learning outcomes is conducted using GSC approved instruments and rubrics. The instruments and rubrics are available on the GS website (need to have a link to the GS rubrics and instruments).

The GSC approves the list of courses to be assessed each semester. Faculty responsible for the courses are then contacted and informed of the process to follow in conducting the assessment, including the expectation that the assessment will be reflected in their course syllabi. Chairs are also contacted and requested to remind their faculty of the process to follow. Assessment results are collected using a Qualtrics survey during the last 3 weeks of the semester.

For example, in April the GSC approves the courses that will be assessed in the upcoming fall semester; faculty and chairs are notified about the assessment before the end of the spring semester and sent a reminder a week before fall classes begin.

For example, in December the GSC approves the courses that will be assessed in the spring semester; faculty and chairs are notified about the assessment before Christmas break and sent a reminder the week before spring classes begin.

The GSC’s process for selecting courses to be assessed is outlined below:

Portal Courses: all courses with the number 188 are assessed.

Capstone Courses: all courses with the number 388 are assessed.

Courses in the Foundational Core and Distribution Areas: The goal is to collect assessment data from 25% of GS Foundational Core and Distribution courses; courses to be assessed are selected using the following criteria:

Diversity: Each area has courses from a number of different academic departments and, in most instances, undergraduate colleges. To reflect this, the courses selected for assessment should also be diverse.

Representativeness: The number of Departments participating in each area varies, as does the number of courses offered by the individual Departments. Thus, courses selected for inclusion in the assessment process should be representative of not only the Departments participating in that area but also the level of their participation.

Multiple sections: When possible, courses selected for inclusion should have multiple sections offered during the semester being assessed.

Enrollment: Courses selected for inclusion should have enrollments of 25 – 30 students.

Exclusions: Honors courses are excluded from the selection process due to their limited enrollment and availability to a select student population.

General Studies Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Common Instruments and Rubrics for Assessment

Common Instruments and Rubrics for Assessment

GS Syllabi Policy and Statements

GS Assessment Reports

General Studies Assessment Reports: 2015/16 AY

General Studies Assessment Reports: 2014/15 AY

General Studies Assessment Reports: 2013/14 AY

Long-Term Assessment Schedule

Long-Term Assessment Schedule

The long-term schedule of General Studies Assessment is:

  • Fall 2016 - ENG 102, SPCH 100 and ITEC 290
  • Spring 2017 - MATH, Democracy in Perspective courses
  • Fall 2017 - MATH, Democracy in Perspective courses
  • Spring 2017 - General Studies Portal courses (classes with the course number 188)
  • Spring 2018 - Distribution courses in Aesthetics, Humanities, and Social Sciences
  • Fall 2018 - Distribution courses in Natural Sciences, Analytical & Quantitative Thought, and Wellness
  • Spring 2019 - General Studies Capstone courses (classes with the course number 388)
  • Fall 2019 - ENG 102, SPCH 100, and ITEC 290
  • Spring 2020 - General Studies Portal courses (classes with the course number 188)
  • Fall 2020 - MATH, Democracy in Perspective courses
  • Spring 2021 - Distribution in Aesthetics, Humanities, and Social Sciences
  • Fall 2021 - Distribution courses in Natural Sciences, Analytical & Quantitative Thought, and Wellness
  • Spring 2022 - General Studies Capstone courses (classes with the course number 388)
  • Fall 2022- Democracy in Perspective courses, Distribution courses in Natural Sciences, Analytical & Quantitative Thought, and Wellness
  • Spring 2023- General Studies Capstone courses (classes with the course number 388)