General Education Assessment
Frequently Asked Questions
A: In brief, to assess how the University Studies program at UNCW is doing at meeting the University’s learning goals. The University has 8 overarching learning goals: foundational knowledge, inquiry, information literacy, critical thinking, thoughtful expression, second language, diversity and global citizenship. By assessing student work in University Studies courses that address these learning goals, we can determine how well the University Studies program works to meet the aims of UNCW. Additionally, our regional accrediting agency, the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS COC), requires that all accredited institutions "identify college-level general education competencies and the extent to which graduates have attained them" (SACS COC Accreditation Standard 3.5.1).
A: A sample of University Studies courses that address any of the applicable university learning goals are selected to participate in the General Education assessment process each semester, so faculty who teach these courses are likely to be selected to participate occasionally.
A: Student work is used to assess how UNCW student work as a whole reflects achievement of the University’s learning goals. As such, it is not used to assess individual teaching practices.
A: UNCW has eight learning goals for every graduate of UNCW. The only way to know if we are achieving those goals is to assess how students as a group are performing on them. The results of the General Education Assessment process are used to create the most powerful learning experience possible for students.
A: Your work that is collected by the General Education Assessment Office is only used along with other students’ work to determine if UNCW students as a group are achieving the learning goals. Your performance is not singled out or provided to anyone.
A: You need a University Studies level of knowledge about content, the ability to learn how to use a rubric for scoring, and the available time to attend training workshop(s) and scoring session(s).
A: Yes. The amount of compensation depends on the predetermined length of the scoring training and sessions.
A: The data from the scored student work are analyzed and a report of the results is compiled. This report is distributed to faculty and administration so that possible suggestions and recommendations for curricular action and the assessment process itself can be developed and acted upon.