Assessing General Education Knowledge and Skill Areas

Assessing General Education Knowledge and Skill Areas

    • In the ASSESS discussion-list archive, see the:
      • February 1999 thread General Education Assessment, initiated by Jeanne Osborn.
      • October 2009 thread Assessing Gen Ed, initiated by Joy Milano.
      • January 2011 thread Assessment of Higher Order Thinking, initiated by David Eubanks.
      • July 2012 thread Assessing Teamwork, initiated by Larry King.
      • July 2012 thread Finding Artifacts for Assessment for Various Gen. Ed. Outcomes, initiated by William Knight.
      • September 2012 thread Assessing Ethics initiated, by Susan Warner.
      • October 2012 thread Critical Thinking, Analytical Reasoning, & Problem Solving, initiated by Teresa Rothrock.
      • December 2012 thread Assessing Oral Communication, initiated by Susan Warner.
      • December 2012 thread Evaluating Ethics and Diversity in Engineering Classes, initiated by Suzanne Weinstein.
      • February 2013 thread Quantitative Literacy, initiated by Michele Dornisch.
      • April 2013 thread Assessment of Group Work, initiated by Linda Pursley.
      • May 2013 thread Oral Communication – Seeking Methodology, initiated by Carrie Nepstad.
      • September 2013 thread General Education Organized Around Outcomes, initiated by Stephen Jones.
      • September-October 2013 thread Challenges with Course-Embedded Assessment, initiated by Mary Kay Fleming.
      • December 2013 thread Help with Prompt/Task Development for Critical Thinking Rubric, initiated by Barbara Rodriguez.
      • March 2014 thread Course-Embedded Assessment of Quantitative Literacy, initiated by Mary Kay Fleming.
      • July 2014 thread Course-Embedded General Education Assessment, initiated by Kathryne McConnell.
      • July 2014 thread Assessing GE Programs, initiated by Janice Kempster.
      • January 2015 Civic Collaboration and Engagement initiated by Kathleen Gorski.
      • February 2015 Establishing Performance Target Percents initiated by Janice Kempster.
      • February 2015 Colorado Regional Assessment Council initiated by Catherine Trouth (catherine.trouth@ccaurora.edu).
      • March 2015 thread Assessment instruments for Ethical Reasoning, Global Learning and Team Work initiated by Karman Wheeler.
      • March 2015 thread GenEd Assessment initiated by Kenneth Reaves
      • August 2015 thread Writing Assessment Instrument initiated by Justin Horton.
      • August 2015 thread General Education Curriculum initiated by Michelle Rogers.
      • November 2015 thread Assessing Ethical Reasoning, initiated by Mary Kay Fleming.
      • February 2016 thread Looking for instruments/ideas for ethical reasoning initiated by Karla Sanders.
      • April 2016 thread Assessment and Accountability in General Education Query, initiated by Katherine Cermak.
        • Note-Cermak’s 5-3-16 post in this thread summarizes the responses she received.
      • “Assessment and Accountability in General Education Query” (4-28-16, Katherine Cermak). Note: Cermak’s 5-3-16 post in this thread summarizes the responses received.
    • Note: some of the resources listed below mention ETS’s Academic Profile. See ETS’s site for information about the AP’s replacement, the Proficiency Profile (previously called the Measure of Academic Proficiency and Progress, or MAPP).
    • Examples of rubrics for general education outcomes.
    • AAC&U report on a 2008-09 survey of member institutions’ general education assessment practices (pdf files). Part 1 focuses on common learning outcomes for all an institution’s undergraduates and methods used to assess  those outcomes. Part 2 focuses on the structure of the institutions’ general education programs.
    • AALE’s standards for accreditation of liberal-arts institutions and programs.
    • CAS learning & developmental outcomes (pdf).
    • Critical Thinking Assessment Test (CAT), from Tennessee Tech’s Center for Assessment and Improvement of Learning.
    • Critical thinking assignments tool kit, from Salt Lake Community College.
    • An annotated list of critical thinking tests from CriticalThinking.net.
    • Assessment resources from the College of Wooster and Florida Atlantic University.
    • Assessment of Gen Ed Science Requirements.
      • 2002 ASSESS discussion-list post from Linda Suskie (then at Towson University).
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    • Assessment of Writing, published by AIR. Part of AIR’s series on assessment in the disciplines.
      • Also see interdisciplinary studies, below.
    • California Critical Thinking Skills Test (CCTST), from Insight Assessment.
    • College BASE (College Basic Academic Subjects Examination), from the University of Missouri-Columbia’s Assessment Resource Center.
    • Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) from ACT.
    • Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) and the Community College Learning Assessment (CCLA).
    • Comparing CAAP, CLA, & Proficiency Profile/MAPP: In the ASSESS discussion-list archive, see the February 2009 thread CAAP, MAPP, CLA Comparo? initiated by Erin Frew.
    • Council of Writing Program Administrators
      • Outcomes for first-year writing.
      • Resources include “best practice” examples and a white paper on writing assessment.
    • Diversity
      • In the ASSESS discussion-list archive, see the December 2011 thread Assessing a Culture of Inclusiveness (of Diversity), initiated by Christina Leimer.

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