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Assessment of General Education Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment of student learning outcomes of the SUNY Plattsburgh General Education Program follows guidelines and standards that are consistent with SUNY General Education Requirements, as defined by the SUNY Board of Trustees.

Assessment efforts at SUNY Plattsburgh are coordinated by the provost’s office in conjunction with the General Education Committee of the Faculty Senate. This committee is responsible for leadership in developing the general education curriculum, for implementing policies, monitoring the administration of the general education curriculum, and recommending policies on general education.

In addition, the General Education Committee supervises the process to monitor and report on the effectiveness of each category of the curriculum and conducts periodic evaluation of the general education program. The results from general education assessment are used to enhance program quality and student learning. Courses are considered and assessed in accordance with the: SUNY’s General Education Learning Outcomes

Method of Assessment

General education assessment is coordinated by the associate vice president for academic affairs, in collaboration with the General Education Committee, the Campus Assessment Fellow and involved faculty. Assessments are embedded in courses offered in the general education category being assessed. Scores for components of the assessment are assigned 0 (does not meet), 1 (approaches standard), 2 (meets standard), or 3 (exceeds standard). Data are analyzed, summarized, and compiled into an assessment report for each category assessed. Guidelines for assessment are outlined in SUNY Plattsburgh’s: General Education Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Plan

Schedule of General Education Assessment Review

Assessment of student learning outcomes for general education is continuous. A three year cycle is used to review category assessment processes and trends in results. View Assessment Reports (login required).

2017–2018; 2020–2021

  • Global issues
  • Information and technology literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Social sciences

2018–2019; 2021–2022

  • Natural science and technology
  • Oral expression
  • United States civilization
  • Western civilization
  • Written expression

2019–2020; 2022–2023

  • Arts
  • Humanities
  • Foreign language
  • World systems
  • Critical thinking

Closing the Loop

Summary data for each semester is available for each category. Assessment reports are distributed to the provost’s office, the General Education Committee and to the departments that teach courses in the general education program and are available to all faculty through the academic affairs community site. Meetings may be held for faculty to discuss ways of improving the level of student achievement in general education courses. As part of the assessment process faculty are asked to reflect on the assessment results and share any pedagogical changes they plan to make in their classes.

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