ERIC Number: ED359859
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Assessing General Education Outcomes: An Institution-Specific Approach. Final Report.
Watt, James H.
A 3-year research program at the University of Connecticut evaluated the effectiveness of a recently implemented general education curriculum on undergraduates. The research consisted of testing students for performance on locally developed test instruments created for each of six general education areas: (1) Science and Technology, (2) Foreign Languages, (3) Culture and Modern Society, (4) Philosophy and Ethical Analysis, (5) Social Science and Comparative Analysis, and (6) Literature and the Arts. Faculty and students were surveyed to determine their views. Test instruments for each of the six areas were developed by faculty, pilot tested one year and revised the next. Students were tested on the revised instruments during the final project year. The evidence pointed to modest, but clear, positive effects of the general education curriculum most evident in the Foreign Language and Science and Technology areas. Faculty reported strong and consistent support of virtually all goals of general education. Students, especially seniors, reported support for general education but showed dissatisfaction with lack of choice of courses within the curriculum. Extensive appendixes contain general education goal statements; sample procedures; a final testing report; project evaluation details; dissemination information; and summary reports used for dissemination. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Connecticut Univ., Storrs.