General Education Assessment

The OAA oversees the assessment of general education outcomes for undergraduate programs across the University.

 

Areas of Proficiency

The University requires students to demonstrate proficiency in two areas: English Composition and Quantitative Skills.

Area of Proficiency
Student Learning Outcomes
Assessment Method
English Composition

Students will be able to gather information, synthesize data, compare various points of view and present results in writing.

Students will be able to develop the ability to read texts critically and to use textual evidence to support a sophisticated written argument.

Students will be able to consider audience, tone, organization, and standard conventions in relationship to specific rhetorical tasks.

Each term the English Composition program randomly selects student essays from ENG 105 and ENG 106 course sections. Faculty rate student performance on the essays using a 5-point scale: Ineffective, Limited, Competent, Effective, and Skills.
Quantitative Skills

Students will be able to select and use appropriate quantitative methods and tools to solve problems.

Students will be able to interpret, manipulate, and apply quantitative data to solve problems.

Each term the OAA identifies the courses that meet this requirement and selects one section from each course for assessment. Faculty use a rubric to rate student performance on an assignment using a 5-point scale: Weak, Below Average, Average, Above Average, and Mastery.

 

Areas of Knowledge

In order to provide breadth of knowledge, the University requires undergraduates to complete a cognate (a cluster of three courses) in each of three areas of knowledge: Arts and Humanities, People and Society, and Science, Technology & Engineering.

Area of Knowledge
Student Learning Outcomes
Assessment Method

Arts and Humanities

Students will be able to critically evaluate and interpret the creative products of humanistic and artistic expression, applying appropriate vocabulary and concepts for their description and analysis.

Students will be able to understand the creation and performance of art.

Each term the OAA selects one-third of the cognates for assessment. One section from each course in the selected cognates are used for assessment. Faculty use a rubric to rate student performance on an assignment using a 5-point scale: Weak, Below Average, Average, Above Average, and Mastery. There are rubrics for each area of knowledge.
People and Society

Students will be able to analyze the organization of society.

Students will be able to analyze patterns of social change.

Science, Technology & Engineering

Students will be able to understand the use of quantitative tools, experimentation, and observation to analyze and solve mathematical, scientific, environmental, and technological problems.

Students will be able to interpret quantitative data and draw useful conclusions.

 

For more information on general education assessment, please contact Patty Murphy.