General Education Assessment
Two-Year General Education Program Goal Assessment Schedule
These goal assessments are conducted across multiple general education courses with the same stated general education goal to assess how well we are meeting said goal as a program.
How well are we achieving our goals across the courses with the stated goals?
Goal 1: Communicate Effectively
Assessment Semester: Spring 2020
Results: See data for Written Communication and Reading
Goal 2: Apply scientific and quantitative reasoning
Assessment Semester: Fall 2020
Goal 3: Apply the value of the arts and humanities
Assessment Semester: Spring 2021
Goal 4: Think critically
Assessment Semester Fall 2021
Goal 5: Develop ethical perspectives
Assessment Semester: Spring 2022
Goal 6: Practice civic engagement (goal added
Assessment Semester: Fall 2022
How well are the General Education Goals serving the mission statement for the General Education Program? “The general education curriculum is designed to provide a foundation for knowledge common to educated people and to develop the capacity for an individual to expand that knowledge over his or her lifetime.”
Educational Outreach Initiative
- Spring 2020: Stage 1--Survey of Gen Ed Students’ Perceptions
Results: See the summary and data report here.
- Fall 2020: Stage 2--Workshops to Collect Gen Ed Faculty Perceptions
- Spring 2021: Stage 3--“College, Career, Community” Integration of Gen Ed Program with
Goals via Civic Engagement goal
- Fall 2021: Stage 4--Realigning of Curriculum and Courses based on above and in conjunction with ADHE Program Review Sunset Clause of Gen Ed Curriculum Course Review
Upper-Level Assessments of Gen Ed Goals
- Spring 2020: Stage 1—Testing “Communicate Effectively” rubrics in upper-level Psychology
courses to understand the long term effects of the current curriculum.
- Spring 2021: Stage 2—Expanding “Communicate Effectively” assessments to other disciplines
and analyzing data
- Fall 2021: Stage 3—Introducing similar upper-level assessments for Goal “Apply scientific
and quantitative reasoning”
- Subsequent upper-level assessments will continue beginning the semester after the goal is analyzed in the General Education Program according to the schedule in Level 1.
These program-wide assessments are in addition to the Course, Program, and General Education (CPGE) assessments conducted each semester.
Course, Program, and General Education (cpge) assessment program
The following report was completed in February 2020 with data from Fall 2008 through Fall 2019. It reflects the ATU general education goals at that time.
The CPGE program was created to capture more direct evidence of student learning for each of the general education outcomes. Each course approved to collect general education data has established questions that are mapped to the corresponding general education goals. These questions have a scale chosen by the department that roughly equates to pass/fail and data is captured through the Banner system. This data can be sorted in a variety of ways to provide information for the improvement of general education courses, goals, and student achievement.
The general education curriculum is designed to provide a foundation for knowledge common to educated people and to develop the capacity for an individual to expand that knowledge over his or her lifetime. Students who have completed the general education curriculum at Arkansas Tech University will be able to:
- Communicate effectively
- Apply scientific and quantitative reasoning
- Think critically
- Develop ethical perspectives
- Demonstrate knowledge of the arts and humanities
Data on general education outcomes has been collected since fall semester 2008 with first adopters of the CPGE data collection in Biology, Chemistry, Geology, and Physical Science programs. Since then, twenty programs in ten departments and three colleges have added their general education assessment data. The data set for this report includes fall semester 2008 to fall semester 2019.
The following table shows the learning outcomes passing rates of all students assessed.
Programs measured up to four outcomes over the time of this study. The chart below shows passing rates of all general education learning outcomes alphabetically by department.
Results by Learning Outcome, Department, Program, and College
Learn more about how these outcomes were collected and analysed: