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Office of Assessment
Contact Info:
 
Office of Assessment
 
Director of Assessment
303-315-3034
 
Administrative Assistant
303-315-2091
 
Physical Location:
Denver Campus
1380 Lawrence Street, Suite 320
Denver, CO 80217
 

Mailing Address:
Office of Assessment
University of Colorado Denver
Campus Box 192
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364

 

General Education Assessment Project

Advancing Teaching and Learning through Assessment in General Education


The 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.

The 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.
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