Links and Summaries of Sample General Education Assessment Tools
Power Point of a
Sample GE assessment tool modeled after Mesa College tool (Power Point)
Mesa Community College General Education Assessment
The Mesa Community College (MCC) assessment program is faculty driven,
owned and operated. The faculty created learning outcomes for general
education, career and technical programs, and basic skills and then
developed homegrown assessment tools to assess the outcomes. MCC has
set aside one week annually to conduct campus-wide assessment. For
general education, the performance of a sample of students who are
just beginning their general education is compared to that of a sample
who have completed at least 30 hours of general education. For career
and technical programs, students completing specific programs of study
leading to AA/AS degrees or certificates are assessed. These students
participate in workplace skills assessments and also may be assessed
on program-specific outcomes at the end of their programs as part of
the program review process. Developmental education students in
English, mathematics, and reading are assessed when they complete the
final course in a developmental sequence (i.e., below 100-level
courses). Assessments are conducted annually during a spring
Oklahoma State University
General Education Assessment
OSU created specific General Education Learning Outcomes.
following are the primary learner goals for general education. General
education courses must identify one or more of these as learner goals
in the course:
1. Students will communicate original thought in written composition,
speech, and graphic representations.
2. Students will identify, evaluate critically, and seek solutions to
3. Students will use the tools of mathematics and physical or
biological sciences to solve problems and interpret the results.
4. Students will have knowledge of the relationship between historic
and contemporary issues and will understand contemporary issues with
sensitivity to a rapidly changing, diverse, and complex world.
5. Students will have an understanding of the beliefs that guide human
actions and their consequences.
6. Students will have an understanding of how the content knowledge
from general education courses applies to the practice of their
discipline and to other disciplines, to society, and to their own
In 2001-2002 the campus assessed outcomes 1 (communication) and
outcome 3 (analytical problem solving). Artifacts were collected from a
variety of class and the writing was scored by 6 faculty using a rubric.
The data revealed that students writing improved over the four years at
the university and that native students out-performed transfer students.
Three faculty developed a rubric and evaluated math artifacts that were
collected from a variety of classes.
Pellissippi State Technical College -http://www.pstcc.edu/departments/coe/assess-ed-outcomes.html
PSTCC uses Angelo and Cross Classroom Assessment Techniques to assess
General Education, however this appears to be done on the individual
class level and not at the institutional or department level.