Learning Outcomes and Assessment

The General Education Program at the University of Louisville fosters active learning by asking students to think critically, to communicate effectively, and to understand and appreciate cultural diversity. The General Education Program engages in ongoing assessment to evaluate whether students can demonstrate these three core competencies.

Every course approved for General Education credit must address each outcome in its content and/or competency area. Methods of assessment must be specified for each outcome. In addition, the methods of assessment must indicate how at least one assignment will allow students to demonstrate critical thinking, effective communication, or an understanding of issues of cultural diversity. The rubrics used by the General Education Program to assess those outcomes are available for review.

***For an interactive template for each content/competency area, please click on the links below.***

(The completed course proposal template serves as an attachment to the course proposal cover sheet.)

Content Areas (select the appropriate course designations)

Note: Honors courses are the only courses that can be approved to fill two content areas in one course. Honors courses (HON) are only available to students enrolled in the Honors Program.

Competency Areas (select the appropriate course designation)

  • Cultural Diversity (PDF)
      -- CD1 (African, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic, or Native American ethnicities)
      -- CD2 (Other ethnic groups or minorities)

Note: It is recommended that departments/units develop new foundational courses that combine one content area with the Cultural Diversity competency outcomes.