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Assessment of student learning outcomes of the SUNY Plattsburgh General Education Program follows guidelines and standards that are consistent with SUNY General Education Requirements, as defined by the SUNY Board of Trustees. Assessment efforts at SUNY Plattsburgh are coordinated by the provost’s office in conjunction with the General Education committee of the faculty senate. This committee is responsible for leadership in developing the General Education curriculum and for implementing policies, monitoring the administration of the general education curriculum, periodically assessing the general education program, and recommending policies on general education. The results from both general education assessment and assessment of the major are used to enhance program quality and student learning. Each year the college assesses four to five categories of the general education program by evaluating samples of student performance to determine how well students who have taken general education courses have also achieved the SUNY student learning outcomes in each category. The question that guides this project is “Are our students achieving the level of knowledge that we want them to achieve in General Education courses?”
Student learning outcomes for general education are assessed by category on a three year cycle.
General education assessment is coordinated by the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, in collaboration with the General Education Committee, the Campus Assessment Fellow and involved faculty. Prior to the scheduled assessment, a working group of faculty are convened by the Campus Assessment Fellow to design the assessment method and instrument. Assessments are either embedded in courses offered from the general education category being assessed, or are administered to students in randomly selected upper division courses, most often in the Global Issues category. Completed assessment instruments are de-identified of student names and are scored independently by at least two faculty members. Scores for components of the assessment are assigned 0 (does not meet), 1 (approaches standard), 2 (meets standard), or 3 (exceeds standard). Data are analyzed, summarized, and compiled into an assessment report for each category assessed.
Summary reports in each category are distributed to the provost’s office, the General Education Committee and to the faculty in departments that teach courses in the category being assessed. Meetings may be held between the faculty to discuss ways of improving the level of student achievement in general education courses.
For more information about assessment programs at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:
JoAnn Gleeson-Kreig, Ph.D., RN
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
Office: Kehoe 807
Phone: (518) 564-2195