General Education: Assessment

In addition to the assessment of General Education courses within their academic departments or programs, the college has developed and implemented a General Education Assessment Plan that includes the administering of the following measures:

  • The ETS Proficiency Profile, a standardized test and a direct assessment of students’ critical thinking, writing, reading and mathematics skills in the context of the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.  The profile is administered to a random sample of freshman and seniors every other year.
  • A Writing Artifact Evaluation Exercise, in which a random sample of student papers from Writing Intensive Courses (WI) are evaluated against a rubric to gauge the development of writing proficiency, administered each year.
  • Quantitative Reasoning Testing. Currently this data is taken from the ETS Proficiency Profile.
  • NSSE Survey (National Survey of Student Engagement) administered every other year.
  • Curricular Mapping & Course Completion Analysis administered each year.
  • An analysis of results from a Supplemental Survey completed for each course that has a General Education designation, an indirect assessment regarding students’ perception of whether they felt key values-oriented goals like ethics, social responsibility, cultural diversity, and spirituality were addressed in the course.