General Education Assessment Processes
Quick links for Faculty
Sampling distribution to determine your program’s responsibilities each AY.
Rubrics, Excel templates, and instructions for conducting GE assessments, aggregating and reporting GE assessment data.
GE data from the prior AY should be submitted as appendices to the annual program report due September 15. (Program Review)
OAC will compile, summarize, and submit a summary report by November 1 of each AY.
Lock Haven University's general education program is designed to ensure that students "acquire a broad intellectual context for their major as well as gain a foundation for the complex and multiple roles they will undertake as a citizen of the twenty-first century" ( Philosophy of General Education ).
During 2007, the university first developed a formal set of Learning Outcomes for General Education , based on the Rational and Criteria for General Education Courses , but also including university-level learning goals addressed through curricular and co-curricular learning beside the general education curriculum.
Assessment of General Education Learning Outcomes .
The university's Outcomes Assessment Committee (OAC) has developed plans and tools for assessing these learning outcomes. These include a General Education Assessment Plan and a Processes for General Education Learning Assessments that details responsibilities and roles in the acquisition and use of General Education assessment data. The OAC also developed a sampling strategy designed to balance faculty and departmental work load while still ensuring statistically valid sample sizes. In turn, this sampling strategy is used to guide the yearly GE assessment sampling distributions for use by programs. The sampling distributions will be developed each April so that programs can plan for their assessments for the next AY.
In order to assist faculty, the OAC has developed rubrics and Excel templates for scoring student work and aggregating data. Instructions and deadlines for submitting GE data to the OAC are also included in the instructions for the templates.
Once the OAC receives the GE data from different programs, members of the OAC collate and generate yearly summaries of GE assessment data for each of the areas of GE assessment. This data and yearly summaries are posted to TracDat and this website.
General Education Assessment Data and Reports.
Summary of GE AY10-11 assessment data can be found here.
Confidentiality: The university gathers assessment data for the purpose of improving its educational programs. Individually identifiable data will be available only to the faculty committee responsible for reviewing data in the particular area. Only aggregated data will be made public for purposes of evaluating programs and documenting educational effectiveness.