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Assessing General Education Learning Outcomes

Assessing General Education Learning Outcomes



Establishing and maintaining GELOs

  • General Education Learning Outcomes (GELOs) were developed and implemented by the Academic Assessment Committee and the General Education Council in 2018.
  • GELOs align with the Missouri Department of Higher Education’s CORE 42 Learning Competencies.


Table 1. CORE 42 general education learning competencies cross-walked to GELOs (adopted May 2018)

CORE42 learning competencies

General education learning goals at Southeast

   I.      Valuing
The ability to demonstrate the moral and ethical values of a diverse society

1.       Ethical reasoning

Students will demonstrate the ability to assess their own ethical values and the social context of problems, recognize ethical issues in a variety of settings, think about how different ethical perspectives might be applied to ethical dilemmas and consider the ramifications of alternative actions.

2.       Global learning

Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze and engage with complex, interdependent global systems and legacies (such as natural, physical, social, cultural, economic, and political) and their implications for people’s lives and the Earth’s sustainability.

 II.      Communicating

The ability to communicate effectively through various channels and systems

3.       Written communication

Students will demonstrate effective written communication in a variety of contexts and media.

4.       Oral communication

Students will demonstrate effective verbal communication through various channels.

III.      Managing information

The ability to locate, organize, evaluate, and synthesize information from various sources

5.       Information literacy

Students will demonstrate the ability to locate, organize, evaluate, and synthesize information from various sources.

IV.      Higher order thinking

The ability to demonstrate critical and creative thinking, quantitative literacy, and problem-solving

6.       Critical thinking

Students will demonstrate the ability to distinguish among opinion, facts, and inferences; to identify underlying or implicit assumptions; to make informed judgments; to solve problems; and to practice reflective thinking.

7.       Quantitative literacy

Students will demonstrate a ‘habit of mind’, competency, and comfort in working with numerical data across a variety of contexts.

Assessing GELOs

  • Step 1: General education courses are mapped to specific GELOs. This mapping occurs through annual survey of general education courses and through curriculum approval forms, which ask instructors to map their course to one or more GELOs.
  • Step 2: Samples of student learning artifacts are assessed through holistic scoring. In 2019/2019, the Academic Assessment Committee elected to pilot the AAC&U VALUE Rubrics for holistic scoring.

 Table 2. Assessment instruments for Year 1 implementation (2018/2019)

Assessment Instruments

Ethical Reasoning VALUE Rubric

Global Learning VALUE Rubric

Written Communication VALUE Rubric

Oral Communication VALUE Rubric

Information Literacy VALUE Rubric

Critical Thinking VALUE Rubric

Quantitative Literacy VALUE Rubric

  • Step 3: Closing the Loop sessions provide opportunities to reflect on assessment data as actionable insight.



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