Assessing the Quality of Your General Education Program

Last updated July 18, 2013

Course Length

1h 25m

Last Updated

July 18, 2013

Assessing the Quality of Your General Education Program

Last updated July 18, 2013


Does general education represent a canon of knowledge, a set of skills, readiness for a student’s major, or simply a certain number of credits? These questions, along with increasing employer demands and student expectations for developing necessary competencies make it imperative to carefully assess your institution’s general education program. However, general education is difficult to assess because students’ core competencies can be obtained through various pathways.

Join your colleagues in this webcast to discuss various methods for assessing the goals and quality of general education. Our expert instructor will focus on using low cost, low effort, turn-key tools to assess general education. This assessment approach, if done effectively, leads to improved student learning and addresses the skills gap that employers demand.

Who should attend?

If you are a facilitator of student learning outcomes assessment, an institutional researcher, or an institutional effectiveness professional who wants to improve your institution’s general education assessment program, you will benefit from this webcast.


  • Start with learning goals, not with assessment methods
    • Tying clear goals and objectives to institutional mission
  • Goals and objectives for preparing students
    • What skills, knowledge, or values should your students have acquired when they finish?
      • Critical thinking
      • Problem solving
      • Leadership
      • Teamwork
      • Creativity
      • Other
    • To be assessment friendly, what should your objectives focus on?
      • Students
      • Make learning goals visible (serve as indicators)
      • Describe behaviors or products (doing, making) that can be captured by assignments
  • Appropriate methods
    • Assessment ways and means
    • Direct vs. indirect assessment
    • Assessment vs. evaluation
      • Classroom assessment
      • Direct observation
      • Focus groups
      • Graduate success
  • Takeaways