General Education and Assessment 2016: Plenary Recordings

Plenary I - Integrative Conceptual Frameworks

Four campuses—University of Charleston, Philadelphia University, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne University, and University of Massachusetts Amherst—will describe their distinct integrative conceptual frameworks for general education. Each of these models will be further explored in two subsequent sessions that will follow the plenary—a separate concurrent workshop and an affinity group discussion. Participants will be invited to select one of these campus models to explore more deeply or choose one of the alternative sessions offered in the following time band.
Moderator: Gail Evans, (Retired) Dean of Undergraduate Studies—San Francisco State University and Senior Fellow—AAC&U

Plenary II: Assessment and Transparency

This plenary will examine how campuses are designing quantitative and qualitative assessments to collect valuable information about learning outcomes and how they are sharing and using findings to advance transparency about outcomes. Participants will also explore faculty understanding of and commitment to general education and student achievement of Essential Learning Outcomes, including gaps across different student groups. It will feature campus examples from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Cabrini College, Pepperdine University, City University of New York LaGuardia Community College, and Guttman Community College.

Moderator: Kate McConnell, Senior Director, Research and Assessment—AAC&U

Plenary III: Equity, Empowerment, and Agency

This plenary will consider how campuses are identifying achievement gaps in college readiness and academic achievement of key learning outcomes in the undergraduate curriculum. Participants will also explore the implications of these gaps for general education and how to develop and implement a high quality and equity-focused framework for general education. It will include campus approaches from the University of South Florida, Morgan State University, Arizona Western College, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Moderator: Tia McNair, Vice President, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success—AAC&U