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Project 3: General Education Assessment

Please answer questions 1 - 9 for each Student Learning Project your institution is working through its participation in the Academy for Assessment of Student Learning.

1. Student Learning Project (SLP) Title (10 word or less)

General Education Assessment

2. Describe the SLP in 100 - 200 words

As a result of completing the Academy, SCSU will have a distinctive, mission-based and assessable General Education program that integrates a rich liberal education with a variety of academic/professional programs and that reinforces key learning outcomes across each student’s total college experience.

Key terms:

  • Distinctive (HLC Statement on General Education recognizes that “effective general education can be shaped to fit unique organizational contexts.”)
  • Mission-based and assessable (as a program, it must have student learning outcomes, and effectiveness should be assessed regularly against the organization’s stated goals for student learning)
  • Integrates (e.g., not seen as separate or only occurring within the first two years of study)
  • Rich liberal education (e.g., informed by current definitions and best practices for general education such as inclusion of goals for information literacy, integrative learning, collaboration, global awareness—goals not currently in the MnTC)
  • Total college experience (e.g., curricular; co-curricular; integrative experiences like capstones, internships, upper-division writing; global opportunities; living/learning communities like FYE; academic support)

3.  Please check the categories that best captures the content and scope of your project.

Nature of Project: General Education Assessment

Degree level: All levels, with a special focus on the baccalaureate

Assessment cycle: All phases

4. List the organizational area (departments, programs, divisions) most affected or involved with this SLP. (50 - 100 words)

  • General Education Committee
  • General Education Assessment Director
  • General Education Teams for Goal Oversight (TBD)
  • Assessment Steering Committee
  • University and college curriculum committees
  • Faculty Association
  • Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
  • Undergraduate Studies (FYE and Honors)
  • Academic departments
  • Academic colleges
  • Institutional Effectiveness
  • Strategic Planning
  • Advising
  • Records & Registration
  • MnTC Coordinator
  • Learning Resources and Technology Services

5. Specifically, what are the desired results of this project?  These results should be measurable, attainable, relevant, & time-bound (SMART).  In addition, one or more of these desired results should (a) directly relate to student learning; (b) generate evidence of student learning; or (c) demonstrate improvement of student learning.  (100 - 150 words)

See chart.
Note: The results are the major headings (numbered) in the first column of the chart.

6. Please answer the following questions regarding planning and managing this Student Learning Project or post an internet link that clearly provides the pertinent information:

6a. A detailed description of the activities/tasks that are necessary to ensure each of the above outcomes or results are met.  For example, who will be doing what, step by step? (approximately100 words)

See chart.
Note: The activities/tasks are the minor headings (lettered) in the first column of the chart.

6b. The timeline for each of the above activities/tasks. Each timeline should be on a quarterly timescale or finer. (approximately 50 words)

See chart.

6c. A short rationale for the length of time (from implementation to completion) for each SLP. (approximately 50 words)

Because the program won’t be approved until next year, assessment data on student learning outcomes will only begin to be collected next year. Assessment plans won’t be completed until Fall 2008, but GETGOs should be able to file at least minimal assessment reports for 2008-09.

8a.    Describe how you plan to monitor the progress on this SLP (100-200 words)

See chart.

8b.    What are the specific indicators (evidence) that will tell you if this SLP is successful or not? (100 -150 words)

See chart.

9. Are there products (e.g., instruments, rubrics, ..etc) that can be shared from this project? If so,  post an internet link and provide a short description. (less 25 words) 

Liberal Education Assessment Plan