Assessing Student Learning in Higher Educations

   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 Assessment Week.

Oklahoma State University General Education Assessment

OSU created specific General Education Learning Outcomes.

The 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 complex problems.
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 lives.

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.