ERIC Number: ED412997
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
General Education Assessment: Starting and Restarting.
Brewer, Patricia; Denney, Linda; Struhar, William
Before a general education (GE) program is initiated or assessed, a solid institutional foundation should exist, including a philosophy and definitions regarding GE. At Ohio's Sinclair Community College, the institutional foundation included a college-wide Assessment Steering Committee charged with developing a comprehensive assessment plan for student achievement and three successive faculty committees working on identifying basic skills, developing evaluation tools, and establishing across-the-curriculum assessment. In developing an assessment program at the college, one key step was ensuring faculty leadership in the effort. Another key element was the development of the following six assumptions regarding the purpose of GE: (1) assessment should be undertaken with a variety of techniques; (2) GE should have a well-defined identity; (3) assessment practices should recognize and encourage faculty uniqueness in course sections; (4) assessment should recognize individual differences among students; (5) GE should be reinforced in all courses; and (6) assessment information should be used to improve GE and the assessment process itself. The college also held a General Education Day, in which faculty worked in small groups to develop a vision of GE. Finally, to implement a GE assessment plan, the college designated a faculty member to act as GE Coordinator; documented support of the GE plan is being collected from all academic departments; and faculty are developing appropriate assessment tools. (BCY)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Authoring Institution: Sinclair Community Coll., Dayton, OH.