Advancing Teaching and Learning through Assessment in General Education


The General Education Assessment Project at the University of Colorado Denver, begun in the fall of 2011, aims to advance teaching and learning by engaging faculty in assessing learning in each of the nine core areas and improving the core curriculum. The nine core areas of the general education curriculum​ are CompositionMathematicsBehavioral Sciences​Social SciencesNatural and Physical SciencesHumanitiesArtCultural Diversity, and International Perspectives​.

Students in Group

The project team consisted of approximately fifty 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. Once the outcomes and rubrics were in place, instructors have been assessing learning earning 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.

These high-quality general education learning outcomes and rubrics 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 student and faculty conversations about teaching and learning,
  • provide assessment of learning information for accreditation reporting purposes, and
  • present faculty with information about student strengths and weaknesses that they can use to improve their courses and programs.


Contact Info:

Office of Assessment

Physical Location:

Denver Campus

Lawrence Street Center

1380 Lawrence Street, Room 302B

Denver, CO 80204

Mailing Address:

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

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