General Education Assessment

Faculty leading class discussion

For Course Faculty

What to expect during the General Education assessment process:

  1. Attend an introductory meeting
  2. Select an assignment
  3. Submit logistical information
  4. Schedule cover sheet drop-off
  5. Schedule pick up and return of student work products
  6. Provide feedback

Attend an introductory meeting

Once the course sections have been selected for participation for the semester, an introductory meeting with participating faculty and the General Education Assessment office staff will be scheduled based on the availability of the participating professors.  The meeting will provide the participating faculty opportunity to meet the General Education assessment staff, hear more about the General Education assessment process and rubrics that will be used, and to ask questions and discuss the process with the General Education assessment staff. back to top

Select an assignment

Following the introductory meeting, participating faculty will each decide upon one assignment to be used in the assessment process for the course section selected  to participate.  The student work collected for General Education assessment should be an assignment that students are completing for the course and not an additional assignment meant only for the assessment process.  Additionally, the assignment should be one that allows for rich representation of students’ abilities as represented by the rubric(s) that will be used for scoring. back to top

Submit logistical information

A few weeks into the semester, the General Education Assessment office will begin contacting participating faculty for information about the assignment itself, the due date of the assignment, the format of the student work product, and the number of students in the chosen section.  It is necessary to collect this information early in the semester so that the appropriate number of scorers can be recruited and so scoring training and scoring sessions can be scheduled. back to top

Arrange for cover sheet delivery

One to two weeks prior to the due date of the selected assignment, the General Education Assessment Office will contact participating faculty to arrange delivery of the General Education Assessment Student Work Cover Sheets.  For work that will be submitted in hardcopy, each student will need to fill out one sheet completely and attach it to the front of his or her work.  It will be important to stress that the only place any identifying information should appear is on this cover sheet, and not on the student work itself.  At this time as well, faculty and the General Education Office will agree on a time to collect the student work products. For many assignments, work products are collected online via blackboard or email. If this is the case, instructors will be provided an electronic version of the Student Work Product Cover Sheet for students to complete and include with their work. back to top

Schedule pick up and return of student work products

Once students have turned in their assignment, the General Education Assessment office will collect student work, photocopy it, and return it within 24 hours.  If the students are turning in paper copies of their work, the office will work with faculty to arrange a date, time, and place to pick up the student work.  The ideal time is immediately after the class meeting in which the work was submitted; this allows the office to make copies of the work and return it the faculty quickly for grading. 

If the students are submitting their work electronically, the General Education office will work with faculty about the best way to collect these files (via emails, uploaded to SharePoint, or on portable data storage). back to top

Provide feedback

Feedback about the assessment process is vital. We use feedback from participating instructors to improve the General Education Assessment process and to ensure that our methods are working well to assess students' abilities. At the end of each semester, we ask participating faculty members to complete a brief survey about their experience so that we can collect and study this feedback. back to top

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