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									Preparing Your Campus for a
New Method of Assessing
General Education

Dr. Sally Parry
Associate Dean and Director of General Education




Dr. Mardell Wilson
Acting Associate Provost & Director of University Assessment




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From Menu Style General Education to
Integrated Core Program

GENERAL EDUCATION
OVERVIEW




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Structure of General Education at
Illinois State University

 Inner Core: basic knowledge and skills
 Middle Core:Variety of disciplinary
  perspectives that build on Inner Core;
  often interdisciplinary in nature
 Outer Core: Nature of disciplinary
  knowledge, examining disciplined inquiry
  and the large world

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Inner Core (5 courses)
 Composition as Critical Inquiry
 Communication as Critical Inquiry
 Mathematics
 Two Natural Science courses




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Middle Core (5 courses)
   Quantitative Reasoning
    (or second year of foreign language)
 Language in the Humanities (writing intensive)
 United States Traditions
 Individuals and Civic Life
 Individuals and Society




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Outer Core (4 courses)
 Science, Mathematics, and Technology
 Social Sciences
 Fine Arts
 Humanities




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10 Year Assessment
 Re-examination of the 12 Goals of
  General Education
 Syllabus Inventory conducted by the
  Council on General Education
 Coordination with the University
  Assessment Office on the Institutional
  Artifact Portfolio



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General Education Revisited

DEVELOPMENT OF AN
ASSESSMENT PROCESS




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Request
 November 2005
 Comprehensive, yet manageable method
  for assessing General Education at Illinois
  State University.




                        AAC&U - General Education – February 2008
Research and Options
 Variety of “home-grown” systems
 Individual student portfolios
 Standardized exams
 Institutional Artifact Portfolio




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Institutional Artifact Portfolio
[IAP]
 Preserved the institution as the focus of
  the assessment
 Least intrusive to faculty and students
 Comprehensive
 Manageable
    ◦ Resources




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                          2008
Initial Challenge
   Goals of General Education
    ◦ Numerous
    ◦ Difficult for faculty/staff/students to
      remember and reference
    ◦ In some cases, challenging to measure




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Solution
   Task Force for Gen Ed Assessment

 Shared Learning Outcomes
 Common and integrated elements of the
  established goals of Gen Ed
 May help to eliminate some of the
  division that is present among Gen Ed and
  the Major

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AAC&U - General Education – February 2008
IAP Process at
Illinois State University
   Faculty indicate their intent to participate
   Assignment(s) is identified
   UAO collects and copies ungraded
    assignment (s)
   All artifacts are returned to the
    department/school the next business day
   Review teams complete analysis using
    developed rubric – one for each SLO
   Data reported to CGE to formulate
    commendations/recommendations

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What the IAP process is NOT
 It is not an assessment of an individual
  faculty member, course, or student.
 The artifacts are not “graded” based upon
  the parameters of the assignment;
  artifacts are reviewed only for their
  contribution to the primary traits of the
  shared learning outcome.



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Introducing IAP to the Campus
 Reintroducing Gen Ed to the campus
 Emphasis on Shared Learning Outcomes
 Pilot
     Focus groups
     Review
 Stakeholders
 Recruitment



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What we have learned!
 Compliance???
 Confusion
 Cynicism
 Deans/Chairs/Directors are the key
  players
 It really is as easy as we say it is
 You can’t ignore the details so they are
  invisible to the participants

                       AAC&U - General Education – February 2008
Preparing Your Campus for a
New Method of Assessing
General Education

Dr. Sally Parry
Associate Dean and Director of General Education




Dr. Mardell Wilson
Acting Associate Provost & Director of University Assessment




                                    AAC&U - General Education – February 2008

								
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