ERIC Number: EJ719992
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 14
Making Sense of the "Loose Baggy Monster": Assessing Learning in a General Education Program Is a Whale of a Task
Marinara, Martha; Vajravelu, Kuppalapalle; Young, Denise L.
Journal of General Education, v53 n1 p1-19 2004
Assessing common target outcome for a general education program is difficult in an undergraduate "cafeteria style" program because of the scope of courses and lack of uniformity in the students' choices, and the difficulties associated with tracking a large number of transfer students. The University of Central Florida used a course embedded assessment plan with Composition and College Algebra, assessing competencies learned in those courses. The authors of this essay describe their experiences with a course-embedded approach in selected English and mathematics courses designed to assess student learning in target skills and knowledge areas in the General Education Program (GEP). It is their hope that the details of their experiences and the lessons they learned along the way will be helpful to others who are struggling with the same issues.
Descriptors: General Education, Transfer Students, Algebra, Freshman Composition, College Students, Outcomes of Education, College Outcomes Assessment
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida