Assessing general education programs
General education is the core of the undergraduate experience. It provides a lasting foundation for students’ future academic, civil, cultural, economic, and social lives. Additionally, as part of most general education curricula, general education as well as first-year experience programs are becoming virtually universal in colleges and universities; first-year seminars often are integrated into general education programs to promote student retention, engagement, and success. The assessment of these institution-wide efforts is particularly challenging, but many campuses have made substantial progress from which we can learn.
In this book, the author draws on her experience with over sixty colleges, universities, and college systems to
Written for college and university administrators, assessment officers, faculty, and staff who support general education and first-year experience programs, this book is a hands-on guide for developing, aligning, and assessing general education programs in meaningful, manageable, and sustainable ways. The author presents a variety of approaches and dozens of examples to help readers understand what other campuses are doing and develop a repertoire of their own methods so they can make informed decisions about their programs.
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General Education has many names - it may be called Gen Ed, Core, Liberal Arts Education, etc., but the goal behind the name is to ensure all students have a breadth of knowledge across disciplnes as well as the depth of knowledge in the elected major. Allen describes her goal as helping the reader explore multiple methods of assessing programs in meaningful, manageable, and sustainable ways.
General Education Mission Goals and Outcomes
Alignment of General Education Programs
The Assessment Plan
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