General Education Assessment

General Education refers to the foundational knowledge and skills that students are expected to acquire across a broad range of disciplines (English Composition, Natural Science, Social Science, Humanities and Cultural Practices, Ethics, and Quantitative and Logical Thinking). Assessment of the student learning outcomes in the General Education curriculum takes place at the level of individual high-enrollment General Education courses, which may fall outside of a student's direct field of study and are designed to develop well-rounded individuals. Assessment is focused on evaluating whether students have achieved the desired learning outcomes in each of the seven broad General Education areas. At FSU, General Education assessment occurs on a 3-year cycle and is facilitated by the IPA Office and the Office of Liberal Studies.

Assessment of General Education Curriculum

The interactive Power BI report below provides information on three key elements of the assessment process for General Education:

  • The Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) assessed in each of the seven General Education areas and associated academic departments,
  • The General Education courses included in the sample each Fall of the three-year cycle,
  • The different locations and modalities of the General Education courses included in the sample.

Helpful Guides:

This guide provides a comprehensive overview of the best practices in General Education curriculum Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) assessment, including how to best align SLOs with the Bloom's taxonomy and specific course assignments. 

This one-page quick guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to document General Education SLOs levels in the canvas gradebook as unweighted and hidden (from student view) assignment scores.

This guide lists different types of common improvement actions for General Education SLOs. It also includes example narratives for reference.

From the Office of Liberal Studies:

This page on the Office of Liberal Studies website provides a comprehensive list of all General Education courses (as well as all other liberal studies courses) offered at FSU.

This page on the Office of Liberal Studies website provides a collection of additional resources specifically for the faculty/instructors teaching General Education courses.