2016 Institute on General Education and Assessment
About the Institute
The Institute on General Education and Assessment continues to provide campus teams with opportunities to refine and advance general education programs and their assessment. The rapidly changing composition and circumstances of our students and faculty compels all of us to expand our cultural understandings, organizational constructs, digital creativity, and pedagogical approaches in order to create learning communities that meet the needs and support success for all our students. During the Institute, teams explore intentional, well-defined, and meaningfully assessed models of general education; processes of redesign; and the implementation of highly effective practices aligned with the Essential Learning Outcomes. Drawing on many years of campus work, the Institute is framed around a set of Principles and Guidelines for redesigning and evaluating general education programs, curricula, and pedagogy through which students can develop the 21st-century knowledge and skills necessary for work, life, and responsible citizenship. AAC&U’s recently announced Centennial LEAP Challenge has direct implications for revitalizing general education and assessment through its call to make student signature work central for all students across the curriculum and as a means to expand student identity, agency and equity. Admission to the Institute is competitive and limited. All regionally accredited two-year and four-year institutions are encouraged and eligible to apply.
Who Should Attend
The Institute on General Education and Assessment is designed for any campus, system, or group of campuses engaged in redesigning general education for students. Campuses can be at any stage in the process of rethinking general education approaches and issues emerging from their respective needs and circumstances. Campus teams should include a senior academic officer and faculty members working on general education committees or teaching general education courses. Team members can include student affairs professionals and also assessment and curriculum specialists with active roles in advancing student learning on campus.