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General Education Assessment Overview

The purpose of assessment of general education is to evaluate student achievement of institutionally recognized competencies in general education including communication, diversity, scientific problem solving, mathematics problem solving, and critical thinking skills. The general education assessment process does NOT evaluate an individual faculty member, course, or department. 

In 1999, the Assessment Council appointed a sub-committee to focus on general education assessment. The Committee for Assessment of General Education (CAGE), consists of six faculty members from a variety of disciplines and colleges. 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.

Click here for more information on OSU's General Education Learner Goals.

The Committee for the Assessment of General Education, along with other participating faculty members from OSU, developed rubrics for use in the assessment of general education. These rubrics may be freely adapted and used by faculty members at OSU for program outcomes assessment or for assessment within courses. Faculty members from other institutions are also free to use and adapt these rubrics as long as the original source of the rubric is cited. In 2014, the University began using the rubrics developed by the Association of American Colleges and Universites' VALUE project for the assessment of Written Communication and Critical Thinking at OSU; in 2016, the University began using the Intercultural Knowledge and Competence rubric in the assessment of Diversity.

All VALUE rubrics are available from the VALUE project or from the University Assessment and Testing office.

Excerpted with permission from Assessing Outcomes and Improving Achievement: Tips and tools for Using Rubrics, edited by Terrel L. Rhodes. Copyright 2010 by the Association of American Colleges and Universities.