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GE Assessment

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At Cal State East Bay, GE learning outcomes are aligned to the Institutional Learning Outcomes, WASC Core Competencies and AAC&U’s LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes, all of which express the knowledge, skills, and values CSUEB graduates are expected to attain.  Collectively, the GE learning outcomes and ILOs of CSUEB distinguish who we are, what we value, and how we expect students to demonstrate their learning.

CSUEB's GE Long-term Assessment Plan for 2018-2026 (18-19 CAPR 2) provides a detailed implementation plan for the programmatic assessment of GE learning outcomes through the academic year ending in 2026 and clarifies the assessment practices using terminology shared with ILO assessment.  

GE Learning Outcomes

GE Learning Objectives

General Education learning objectives include:

  • Knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world through study in the sciences and mathematics, social sciences, humanities, histories, languages, and arts;
  • Intellectual and practical skills, including inquiry and analysis, critical and creative thinking, written and oral communication, quantitative literacy, information literacy, teamwork, and problem solving; 
  • Personal and social responsibility, including civic knowledge and engagement at local and global levels, intercultural knowledge and competence, ethical reasoning and action, and foundations and skills for lifelong learning.

 

Current GE Assessment Work

GE Assessment for 2019-2020 includes the following activities:

  • Fall 2019
    • Pilot Assessment for B4 Quantitative Reasoning
    • Selection of faculty to select or develop the assessment instrument for A3 Critical Thinking
    • Call for A1-Oral Communication faculty
  • Spring 2020
    • Pilot assessment for A3 Critical Thinking
    • Pilot assessment for A4 Second Composition
    • Develop the assessment instrument for A1 Oral Communication
Click below for more details on the ongoing assessment activities and GE assessment resources.

Guiding Principles of GE Assessment

Assessment of General Education at Cal State East Bay will proceed under the following guiding principles:

  • The goal of GE assessment is to enhance student learning and improve the learning experiences afforded by the GE program.
  • GE assessment is never punitive, and assessment results are never used against faculty (e.g., in retention, tenure, and promotion decisions) or programs (e.g., resource allocation).
  • GE assessment requires faculty engagement and is a faculty-driven process with assessment work and decisions governed by faculty and faculty committees.
  • Student work selected for GE assessment is anonymized prior to analysis, and the selection of student work is randomized.
  • GE assessment is distinct from the GE course review and recertification process.
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