General Education Assessment
The Office of Academic Program Review and Assessment randomly samples one quarter of the general education courses offered each semester, asking selected instructors to share how they have helped students to learn general education outcomes and how their students have achieved the outcomes in their courses. At the end of the semester, instructors complete the assessment form for at least one of the general education outcomes approved for the course. The information collected through the form allows UIC to see how undergraduate students have achieved the outcomes and how students’ learning experience has been improved.
The semester-long general education assessment process can be illustrated as follows:
- Select Course
APRA randomly selects 25% of the GE courses offered in a given semester for assessment reporting.
- Notify DUS and Select Section
APRA notifies the DUS of selected courses and asks them to identify the course sections to assess.
- Notify Instructor
APRA sends the assessment form and timeframe to the instructors responsible for the selected sections. According to the focus of the course, instructors then choose from the approved General Education outcomes to assess.
- Complete Form
APRA emails a link to the assessment form at the end of the semester via Qualtrics to each instructor.
- Generate Reports
APRA updates the summary reports showing student performance on the outcomes selected.