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General Education Assessment

The General Education Board involves faculty from across campus to establish and refine student learning outcomes, assure that the curriculum provides opportunities for students to acquire them, assess evidence of learning, and make changes where appropriate.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of general education courses, students will demonstrate skills and knowledge in the following areas.

  • Communication: Use the English language to communicate with clarity, coherence and persuasiveness, demonstrating critical analysis, logic, precision and rhetorical awareness.
  • Critical Thinking: Identify, analyze and evaluate arguments and sources of information to make informed and logical judgments, to arrive at reasoned and meaningful arguments and positions, and to formulate and apply ideas to new contexts. 
  • Diversity and Social Responsibility: Articulate the nature of a multicultural society and recognize the role of aesthetic awareness, foreign language skills, cultural and social perspectives or human and institutional systems of the past and present.
  • Personal Values and Ethics: Clarify and evaluate their own values and ethical conduct and analyze the values and ethical conduct of others.
  • Quantitative Reasoning: Apply numeric, symbolic and geometric skills to formulate and solve quantitative problems. 
  • Scientific Reasoning: Apply the scientific method, laboratory techniques, mathematical principles and/or experimental design.
  • Wellness and Well-Being: Identify and evaluate wellness principles, including mental, emotional and physical health, needed to make informed choices.

General Education Board (Recommends to Senate)

General Education Board Charge

Members:

Provost’s appointee (ex-officio, non-voting) Helen Caprioglio
Registrar's appointee (ex-officio) Carol Larson  
Academic Dean (appointed by Provost) Rhonda Gonzales  
ASG appointee Megan Moore Term ends 2019
     
Academic Faculty – nominated by Dean, confirmed by Senate    
CEEPS Lynn Knight Term ends 2019
CHASS Susan Calhoun-Stuber (chair) Term ends 2019
CSM Paul Chacon Term ends 2019
HSB Justin Holman Term ends 2019
LIB Alexis Wolstein Term ends 2020
Faculty Senate Executive Committee Rep Justin Holman Term Ends 2019

Board Activities:

The General Education Board is engaging in a number of activities related to assessment, and more are planned for the upcoming Academic year. The following are highlights of past and current activities:

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    2018-2019

    • Reaffirmed general education SLOs
    • Developed revised general education assessment plan and assessment methods
    • Administered pilot electronic CAT Critical Thinking test
    • Recertified GT Pathways courses for required categories
    • Evaluated new course applications
    • Worked with campus administration to begin planning for general education reform
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    2017-2018

    2017-2018

    • Mapped CSU-Pueblo academic program SLOs to general education SLOs
    • Clarified GenEd SLO language for syllabus template
    • Recertified GT Pathways courses for required categories
    • Evaluated new course applications
    • Implemented updated mathematics substitution process
    • Campus discussion of Gen Ed instructor successes and challenges (Gen Ed tea)
    • Piloted a survey of gen ed instructors
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    2016-2017

    • Mapped institutional general education SLOs to GT Pathways SLOs
    • Mapped GT Pathways competencies to content areas
    • Created general education syllabus template
    • Created general education course GT Pathways recertification and initial application forms and workflow.
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    2015-2016

    • Reviewed Proficiency Profile Results
    • Scored wellness essays
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    2014-2015

    • Administered the Proficiency Profile and a locally developed essay to incoming first-year students and seniors.
    • Published template Gen Ed syllabus
    • January 7, 2015: Convocation week workshop for all Gen Ed instructors including a presentation and discussion of topics that should be addressed in all Gen Ed syllabi.
    • Reviewed Gen Ed website for completeness
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    2013-2014

    • General Education Board announced its theme for the year, Thinking Beyond Green: Addressing Sustainability through General Education.
    • October 22, 2013: Campus workshop conducted by Sarah Spencer on ways to incorporate sustainability themes into general education classes.
    • Fall 2013: Gen Ed Board administered CAT Critical Thinking Assessment to Freshman and Seniors
    • November 15, 2013: Gen Ed Board conducts CAT scoring workshops in which CSU-Pueblo faculty members scored CAT tests.
    • February 5, 2014: Sustainability workshop featuring Jane Fraser and Marc Pratarelli was held. At the end of the workshop, the attendees discussed having some small reading groups based on Brian Dunbar's book, which was made available to faculty during a workshop held in the fall.
    • February 12, 2014: Faculty member from UCCS met with Gen Ed Board to describe recent redesign of their Gen Ed program.
    • March 7, 2014: Gen Ed Board held campus forum to present CAT results.
    • March 31, 2014: Gen Ed Board conducted comprehensive Gen Ed course syllabus review.
    • Spring 2014: NSSE administered.
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    2012-2013

    • General Education Board announced its theme for the year, Communication & Learning: Transforming Tomorrow's Ethics and Values.
    • September 20, 2012: 1st 20/20 Lecture for the academic year. Kevin Seeber of the library faculty facilitated a webinar sponsored by TurnItIn on plagiarism.
    • October 19, 2012: 2nd 20/20 Lecture was held.
    • Ethics subcommittee was formed including Bruce Lundberg, John O'Connor, Kelly Gehlhoff, and Lee Anne Martinez.
    • January 8, 2013: Spring Convocation Workshop held on "Closing the Loop"
    • January 22, 2013: 3rd 20/20 Lecture presented by John O'Connor
    • February 20, 2013: 4th 20/20 Lecture presented by Bruce Lundberg
    • March 21, 2013: 5th 20/20 Lecture presented by James Ma of the Hasan School of Business
    • April 19, 2013: 6th 20/20 Lecture presented by Rhonda Gonzales and Marc Pratarelli on the topic of Open Access publishing.
    • Spring 2013: Gen Ed Board conducted a Faculty Gen Ed Survey
    • Spring 2013: All Deans and Department Chairs sign off on letter stating that all Gen Ed courses in their college meet GT Pathways content and competency requirements.
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    2011-2012

    • August 17, 2011: The General Education Board kicked off the semester with a convocation session which introduced the theme: Changing World Changing Roles-Social Responsibility in the 21st Century, including conversation about social responsibility and strategies for teaching in general education and in the major.
    • September 20, 2011: The first 20/20 Lecture Series was held and included Paul Chacon and Christine Rochester as they addressed the General Education theme.
    • October 11, 2011: "How'd They Do?" This session included discussion of the results for testing incoming freshmen and senior students.
    • October 20, 2011: The second 20/20 Lecture Series featured presentations by Jackie Stroud and John O'Connor. Jackie addressed "Social Responsibility and Historical Research: Taking Care of the Artifacts We Touch" and John addressed "Peter Singer on Global Poverty and Responsibility."
    • November 10, 2011: The third 20/20 Lecture Series featured presentations by Libby Samaras and Joel Johnson. Libby addressed "Stakeholder Dissonance as a Critical Determinant of Patient Safety in New Health Information Technologies" and Joel addressed "Should Voting Be Mandatory? Social Responsibility in Politics."
    • November 11, 2011: The General Education board held a workshop to discuss how we, as educators at a public university, can help our students become more socially responsible scholars in an ever-changing world.
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    2010-2011

    • Administered the Proficiency Profile and a locally developed essay to incoming First-Year students and seniors
    • September 17, 2010: A workshop was held for defining/applying critical thinking
    • The NSSE results were released to the campus
    • October 14, 2010: A faculty-led, hands-on critical thinking workshop
    • November 12, 2010: Professional development speaker, Dr. Bill Roberson presented, "Turning Beginners Into Thinkers to Promote Critical Thinking" and "Course and Syllabus Design to Promote Critical Thinking"
    • February 3, 2011: A workshop was held to assist faculty in developing critical thinking rubrics for student assignments
    • March 4, 2011: A group met to share their ideas on connecting discipline-specific critical thinking to general education
    • The general education theme for Academic Year 2011-2012 was developed: Changing World, Changing Roles: Social Responsibility in the 21st Century
    • April 28, 2011: The final Year of Critical Thinking event included a poster session and presentations held at the LARC
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