ERIC Number: EJ824565
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: 25
A Framework for Assessing General Education Outcomes within the Majors
Aloi, Susan L.; Gardner, William S.; Lusher, Anna L.
Journal of General Education, v52 n4 p237-252 2003
In this era of global competitiveness, it is not sufficient for colleges and universities to train students for mere technical competence. What is required for graduates' professional and personal success is additional attention to the development of knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will support them throughout their lives. General education outcomes, as well as technical skills and knowledge developed through concentrated study in a major discipline, must be developed in every college or university graduate. To better serve students and to address the heightened call for accountability in higher education, institutions must engage in a comprehensive campus-wide discussion on the specific components of critical thinking, problem solving, writing, and the methods to assess these skills (Maki, 2001). This article provides a framework for assessing these types of general education outcomes within the major fields of study.
Descriptors: Majors (Students), General Education, College Outcomes Assessment, Educational Objectives, Higher Education, Accountability, Role of Education, Planning, Evaluation Methods
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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