General Education


Why Have General Education Program Level Assessment?

General Education is more than a collection of courses; it is an academic program. Like all academic programs, GE needs to be periodically reviewed to ensure that it is current, meeting its goals, efficient, and contributing to rigorous student learning. A major goal of GE revision at Chico State was to create a General Education program with clearly articulated Learning Outcomes, identified by course (PDF), that can serve as a means of programmatic assessment, as well as to create an institutional structure – through Pathway coordinators and CAB – that can lead assessment efforts.

Background on Chico’s Approach to GE Program Level Assessment.

In AY 2008-09, the General Education Advisory Committee convened a Faculty Learning Community (funded by the CSU, Chancellors Office) who did initial thinking on GE assessment in this report. In October 2011, a team of Chico State faculty and the Dean of Undergraduate Education participated in a CSU system-wide conference on GE assessment and produced a working plan for GE assessment. We hope to build on this work in implementing GE program-level assessment of the new GE Pathways program.

A concerted effort at GE Program assessment was carried out in AY 04-05 and 05-06, prior to the major revision of GE on our campus. This assessment was rather ad hoc and strained due to the lack of clearly articulated SLOs in our old program. But these assessment results proved important for building a culture of evidence that informed re-design efforts. The reports of these efforts were widely shared with the campus at that time and are available at the links below.

GE Program Five-year Program Review 2017-2018

GE Learning Outcome Assessment Reports

Note: due to the pandemic and the implementation of Area F Ethnic Studies, Oral Communication was assessed in Spring 2019 but the report is delayed until Spring 2021.  Mathematical Reasoning was on track to be assessed in Spring 2020, but its assessment has been postponed until the 2021-2022 academic year.

GE Learning Outcome Assessment Reports, 2004 – 2006