Office of Assessment, Accreditation, and Academic Program Planning

General Education Assessment

Mission and Goals

The faculty and staff of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro embrace student learning as its highest priority. Our General Education Program provides students with the foundational knowledge, skills, and values necessary to be critical and creative thinkers, ethical decision-makers, effective communicators, and collaborative and engaged global citizens. The breadth of General Education empowers our students to thrive as life-long learners who lead personally fulfilling lives. The mandate to foster an educated person belongs to the entire university, not to a single department, unit or co-curricular program. Thus, the General Education Program provides foundations and alternative perspectives for the more specialized knowledge gained in the major. Likewise, the major builds upon and integrates knowledge, skills, and attitudes learned in General Education courses and the co-curriculum.

UNCG General Education Program Mission and Goals

Assessment Process

In spring 2011, UNCG faculty participated in a planning workshop for the purpose of developing a plan to assess the General Education Program. Criteria included that the plan be systematic (i.e., all stakeholders know what is expected), manageable and sustainable, engage broader faculty, and yield results that can be acted on to improve student learning in the General Education Program.

The faculty-developed process includes two parts:

  • Part 1: Course instructor assessment, where instructors apply a Council-approved rubric to all students' work in response to an assignment that is aligned with a General Education-specific student learning outcome (e.g., GSB, GL, GN).
  • Part 2: Peer-review assessment, where peer faculty apply the same rubric to a sample of students' work from Part 1.

Results from part 1 and part 2 are then collected, aggregated, and presented to the University in forums to gather feedback on the General Education Program assessment process and to develop recommendations to improve student learning in UNCG's General Education Program. See Results tab.

For the assessment of the Mathematics category (GMT), Math faculty pilot-tested and refined a process that now includes embedding final exam questions (based on course content) that map to the GMT student learning outcomes. Math faculty collect and review results each semester.

For the assessment of the Natural Sciences category (GNS), GNS department heads selected a within department assessment process. That is, faculty selected to participated in GNS assessment would discuss their course results within their departments and then they would prepare and a departmental summary report to be submitted to the General Education Council. Participating faculty and departments would then meet to review and discuss results for the GNS category.