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Committee for the Assessment of General Education (CAGE)

CAGE History

In 1999, the Assessment Council appointed a sub-committee to focus on general education assessment. The Committee for the Assessment of General Education (CAGE) consists of six faculty members from a variety of disciplines and colleges. Since 2000, CAGE has been collecting and assessing portfolios of student artifacts on a three-year rotating cycle, covering areas including critical thinking, written communication, diversity, scientific reasoning, and math problem solving.

CAGE Mission Statement

CAGE is charged with developing and implementing a plan for assessing general education. CAGE has adopted a holistic approach to assessing general education with the philosophy that the effectiveness of the general education program should be demonstrated across the curriculum and not only in general education-designated courses.

CAGE Duties, Responsibilities, Structure, & Minutes

CAGE Duties and Responsibilities

  •  Research and investigate new methods for general education assessment
  •  Continually employ best practices to general education assessment
  •  Oversee general education artifact collection and assessment process
  •  Continually evaluate the general education assessment cycle and timeline
  •  Work with UAT to draft the General Education Assessment Annual Report

CAGE Structure

The structure of the Committee for the Assessment of General Education is designed to incorporate representatives from a variety of disciplines and colleges to facilitate clear communication and cooperation on general education initiatives and assessment.


Voting Membership of CAGE shall include a faculty member appointed by the respective Associate Dean for Instruction from each of the following academic colleges:

  • College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology
  • College of Human Sciences
  • Spears School of Business

University Assessment & Testing (UAT) will provide Associate Deans lists of faculty assessment coordinators from which to potentially select replacement members.

Non-voting membership of CAGE shall include at least one assessment representative from University Assessment and Testing (UAT): either the Director or the Assistant Director of Assessment and Analysis.

Membership Terms

All members should commit  to a three-year term.  Terms are renewable.  Terms are staggered (to help retain institutional knowledge) such that only two voting members come up for re-appointment each year.  The staggered term endings repeat every three years as follows:

 Year One (starting 2017-18)  CASNR & COE
 Year Two  CAS & CEAT
 Year Three  COHS & SSB


The CAGE Chair shall be selected from the voting membership at the beginning of the academic year.  A committee member must serve on CAGE for at least one year before being considered for the chair.  Chair terms are renewable.  The primary responsibilities of the chair are to convene and preside over regular CAGE meetings and attend Assessment and Academic Improvement Council (AAIC) meetings as the CAGE representative.  The chair will work with the UAT representative to organize materials for the meeting agendas.  The chair will also assist the UAT Director with communication of assessment results to stakeholders.

General Education Advisory Council (GEAC) Attendance

To facilitate information sharing with the General Education Advisory Council (GEAC), a voting CAGE member will attend GEAC meetings.  GEAC attendance will rotate annually amongst voting CAGE members according to the following schedule, repeating every six years:

 Year One (starting 2017-18)  CASNR
 Year Two  CEAT
 Year Three  SSB
 Year Four  COE
 Year Five  CAS
 Year Six  COHS



2017-2018 Academic Year

August 2017

September 2017

October 2017

2016-2017 Academic Year

February 2017

March 2017

April 2017

2015-2016 Academic Year

No Meetings

2014-2015 Academic Year

September 26, 2014

2013-2014 Academic Year

September 30, 2013

November 14, 2013