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Institutional and Departmental Assessment Plans
(Many include general education outcomes)

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) asks campuses to define, foster, assess, and report on student achievement of six important outcomes.  “Reports of Institutional Effectiveness” are posted on the SCHEV Website by each institution.  Many reports contain definitions, rubrics, explanations of processes and interpretations of data—all of which can be of interest to campuses interested in further developing their local institutional or departmental practices. 

Association for General and Liberal Studies: Improving Learning in General Education: An AGLS Guide to Assessment and Program Review
The  AGLS Guide invites institutions to review their commitments to the principles of a student-centered, outcomes-and-assessment approach to general and liberal education. It includes a set of continuous-quality-improvement questions that center on fundamental issues such as the connection between mission and general and liberal learning, asking users to consider how they actualize, judge, and improve their programs. More information is available on the AGLS website.

General Education Assessment: Buffalo State University
With links to twelve different disciplinary areas, this site provides a large number of models that may help other campuses to think through their own assessment methods and approaches. Outcomes and objectives for the individual areas are stated as are the ways in which the outcomes will be assessed. Additional links beyond general education assessment (such as major program assessment and institutional assessment plans) may be explored.

General Education Assessment: California State University Los Angeles
An informative report of campus plans including philosophy, principles, objectives, and assessments. The multiple measures include published tests, local competency exams, portfolios, and course-embedded assessments. The plan concludes with a suggested timetable for cycling assessments through the various content areas.

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