ERIC Number: ED389346
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Sep
Measuring the General Education Outcomes: Practical Strategies.
Peterson, Anne; And Others
Prepared in an effort to more clearly define and measure general education outcomes at Columbus State Community College, in Ohio, this handbook describes outcomes and associated student behaviors and provides suggestions for assessing the outcomes. Following introductory materials, a list is provided of the college's six general education outcomes, with subtopics provided for each. Next, student behaviors and sample assessment techniques are provided for each outcome subtopic. The following outcomes are presented: (1) think critically, including identifying personal assumptions, examining issues by challenging assumptions, obtaining information from a variety of sources, analyzing information, evaluating issues from a variety of perspectives, drawing inferences, comparing and contrasting information, synthesizing and integrating information, and drawing conclusions; (2) solve problems, which includes recognizing, defining, and analyzing problems; considering alternative solutions; utilizing appropriate methodology; using resources effectively; formulating implementation plans; establishing success criteria; (3) communicate effectively, including writing and speaking clearly and effectively, listening actively, and reading at the two-year college level; (4) demonstrate interpersonal skills, including working collaboratively, engaging in group decision-making, recognizing individual rights and responsibilities, and utilizing conflict resolution strategies; (5) recognize the value of human diversity, including recognizing the contributions of different cultures, clarifying one's own value system, recognizing the value of diverse creative/aesthetic expression and experience, and recognizing an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge; and (6) demonstrate life management skills through valuing lifelong learning, recognizing the responsibility to balance individual and societal needs, recognizing human dependence on the environment, evaluating career paths, and understanding the role of ethics in life and work. Sample evaluation forms are appended. (KP)
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Community Colleges, Critical Thinking, Cultural Pluralism, Educational Strategies, Ethical Instruction, Evaluation Methods, General Education, Humanistic Education, Interpersonal Competence, Lifelong Learning, Minimum Competencies, Moral Values, Outcomes of Education, Problem Solving, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Columbus State Community Coll., OH. Arts and Sciences Div.