A good assessment system will be critical to our success in making continual improvements in the general education program. General education assessment is not going to go away. Assessment of student learning outcomes is a national expectation in higher education, in response to calls for increased accountability.— Shirley Willihnganz

With these words at the forefront of planning, the General Education Curriculum Committee, taking guidance from the Assessment Subcommittee, developed a unique plan and procedure for method of assessing general education courses.

First, the subcommittee determines which departments will be selected for evaluation in a given semester.  That decision is driven primarily by enrollment numbers.

Next, the General Education Assessment Coordinator notifies chairs of departments that have been selected and plans a meeting opportunity to disseminate all pertinent information.

Chairs then appoint coordinators within the departments to manage the distribution of class rosters, collection of documents, and redacting of personal information.

After the final drop date, the project coordinator does a manual selection of every fourth student enrolled in selected classes, creates rosters with the selected students’ names and student numbers, and disseminates them to department coordinators.  Department coordinators distribute them to appropriate instructors.

The project coordinator then sends out notices to recruit readers for the assessment reading.

By the end of the semester, instructors provide department coordinators with a copy of an assignment for all selected students.  The assignment is one produced for a grade in the class but is copied prior to grading. These artifacts are submitted to the General Education Assessment Office to be prepared for assessment reading day.