General Education Assessment Project at the University of Colorado Denver is a
provost-funded, four-year project begun in the fall of 2011 that aims to
advance teaching and learning by engaging faculty in the development of learning
outcomes and rubrics for each of the nine areas of the core curriculum, along
with an annual process for assessing and reporting student achievement in each
area. The nine core areas of the general education curriculum are Composition,
Mathematics, Behavioral Sciences, Social Sciences, Biological and Physical
Sciences, Humanities, Art, Cultural Diversity, and International Perspectives.
project team consists of the two project directors, Kenneth Wolf (Office of
Assessment) and Jeff Franklin (Dean’s Office, CLAS), and approximately forty
faculty members working in nine general education core areas. For each core
area, teams of four to five faculty members with expertise in the related
disciplines and fields discussed the general education learning outcomes that
had previously been in place and revised or re-developed those outcomes. Each
team also created assessment rubrics to accompany the new learning outcomes. Learning will be assessed in each of these
core areas through a variety of curriculum-embedded approaches including course
exams, portfolios, projects, and internships along with indirect measures of
learning such as student self-assessments and surveys.
We intend to create a set of high-quality general education learning outcomes and rubrics that will be used to inform teaching, learning, and assessment to:
guide faculty in course development (and be included on course syllabi),
make the curriculum more coherent and assessment more fair,
stimulate studen and faculty conversations about teaching and learning,
provide assessment of learning information for accreditation reporting purposes,
present faculty with information about student strengths and weaknesses that they can use to improve their courses and programs.