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General Education Assessment


Goals of General Education

Status

Report



Planning

Quantitative Reasoning

Math Department developed 20-item, multiple choice tests for each of the GE math courses; tests will be administered at the end of the semester in 2014-15




Impact of Technology

To be determined and assessed in 2014-15




Human Behavior

To be determined and assessed in 2014-15




Assessing




Scientific Reasoning

SR was assessed through lab reports in the GE courses using a rubric specifically developed for SR; data were collected through Blackboard and analyzed at the Annual Assessment Summit in May 2014




Information Literacy

IL was assessed through written assignments in the GE courses using the AAC&U VALUE rubric for scoring the reports; data were collected through Blackboard primarily (with the exception of CS courses) and analyzed at the Annual Assessment Summit in May 2014




Philosophy & Ethics

P&E were assessed through written assignments in the GE courses using a rubric developed by Philosophy faculty to score the reports; data were collected through Blackboard and analyzed at the Annual Assessment Summit in May 2014




Interpreting the Past

IP was assessed through written assignments in the GE courses using a rubric developed by the faculty to score the reports; data were collected through Blackboard and analyzed at the Assessment Summit in May 2014




Reporting & Improving




Oral Communication

Report completed; Recommendations are being discussed in the Department of Communication & Theatre Arts




Literature

Office of Assessment is drafting report




Human Creativity

Office of Assessment is drafting report




Implementing




Critical Thinking (SCHEV Competency - not a goal of GE)

Report completed; Faculty Institute on Writing and Critical Thinking




Writing (ENGL 110)

Report completed; Recommendations are being discussed in the English Department




Writing (ENGL 211/221/231)

Report completed; Recommendations are being discussed in the English Department




Writing (W courses)

Report completed; Faculty Institute on Writing and Critical Thinking




Language & Culture

Report completed by Department of Foreign Languages drafted and submitted



What is "GEAC"?

The General Education Assessment Committee (GEAC) is charged with assessing the 2010 revised Goals of General Education. General Education (GE) Assessment is scheduled on a four year cycle so each GE competency is assessed every 4 years -- this will ensure that each of the 6 SCHEV competencies are reported every 4 years.

The GEAC Committee is co-chaired by Dr. Worth Pickering, Assistant Vice President for Assessment, and Dr. Charles Wilson, Dean of The College of Arts and Letters.

Defining and Measuring the SCHEV Competencies

All 6 competencies are part of our general education (GE) curriculum and so our direction was to embed the assessments in GE courses.

Measures

  • WRITING-The Written Communication VALUE Rubric (Rhodes, 2010) was adopted as is or adapted by a group of English faculty. The target / benchmark was set at Milestone 3/"Meets Standard". It was expected that 75% of students in the identified courses (ENGL 110C, 211C, 221C, and 231C) would achieve the target. Raters were selected from each college to rate the artifacts during the summer of 2012. They were calibrated and then asked to read and rate the random selection of course portfolios. Faculty were either asked to rate across disciplines or artifacts within their own college or within broad categories of humanities, social science and professional disciplines, or science and technical areas.
  • INFORMATION LITERACY - The Information Literacy Rubric was partially vetted by a group of faculty representing all colleges intending to use it to assess information at ODU. The target / benchmark was set at Milestone 3/"Meets Standard". It is expected that 75% of students in the identified courses (HLTH 120, IT 150, STEM 251G, and CS 120/121G) would achieve the target. Holistic scoring was used. Raters were selected from faculty in each college to rate the artifacts during May/June 2014. They were calibrated and then asked to read and rate a random selection of written artifacts from the selected courses. Faculty were asked to rate across disciplines or artifacts within their own college, or within broad categories of science, social science, humanities, and professional disciplines.
  • SCIENTIFIC REASONING - Scientific Reasoning (SR), also known as Nature of Science, will be assessed during the 2013-14 academic year. The courses that satisfy the SR general education requirement are from the following areas: biology, chemistry, physics, and oceanography. Faculty agreed to identify assignments in courses that address outcomes "a" through "d" (only part of outcome "c"). Most courses used a lab report, some courses used a writing assignment.
  • QUANTITATIVE REASONING - Quantitative Reasoning (QR), also known as Mathematical Skills, will be assessed during the 2014-15 academic year. The courses that satisfy the QR general education requirement are: MATH 101M, 102M, 162M, STAT 130M. Faculty created a QR test in 2008 and have been using the test to assess student math skills during the first two weeks of the entry-level math courses.
  • CRITICAL THINKING - The Critical Thinking VALUE Rubric (Rhodes, 2010) was used by a group of faculty representing all colleges intending to use it to assess critical thinking at ODU. The target / benchmark was set at Milestone 3/"Meets Standard". It was expected that 75% of students in the identified courses (HIST 402W, SOC/CJ 436, MGMT 485W, 485 courses in the College of Education, 434W/435 courses in the College of Engineering, NURS 431, NURS 403, PSYCH 318W, and PHYS 499W) would achieve the target. Holistic scoring was be used. Raters were selected from each college to rate the artifacts during the summer of 2012. They were calibrated and then asked to read and rate a random selection of written artifacts. Faculty were asked to rate across disciplines or artifacts within their own college, or within broad categories of science, social science, humanities and professional disciplines.
  • ORAL COMMUNICATION - The Oral Communication rubric was developed from National Communication Association guidelines that used all public speaking courses that met the GE requirement for Oral Communication. Most students take COMM 101R to meet this requirement so it will be the course assessed. The fourth / final persuasive speeches will be assessed as they are given in class.

Definitions

Each competency was defined by a committee of faculty and assessment staff based on professional criteria in the disciplinary area(s), requirements of the GE curriculum, and ability to embed the measure in the GE curriculum.

Results

Competencies are currently being assessed in accordance with ODU's General Education Curriculum, revised in 2010, and the SCHEV Guidelines for Assessment of Student Learning. Reports on results from this process will be disseminated as they reach completion. For more information, please contact Dr. Worth Pickering (jpickeri@odu.edu), or call 757-683-3158.