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Revising the general education curriculum and its assessment in response to indiana legislation

Revising the General Education Curriculum and its Assessment in Response to Indiana Legislation

Indiana University East

Richmond, Indiana


Revising general education

Revising General Education

  • Mary BlakefieldAssociate Vice Chancellor for Academic Support Programs/Dean of Students

  • Markus Pomper Chair, Department of Mathematics

  • Katherine FrankDean of Humanities and Social Sciences


Indiana university east

Indiana University East

  • Regional Campus of Indiana University

  • Located in Richmond, Indiana

  • Enrollment 4,500 students

  • Non-residential

  • About 60% credit hours online


Indiana commission for higher education

Indiana Commission for Higher Education

  • Pushed for increased ease of transfer since the creation of the Community College System (Ivy Tech) in 2006

  • Encouraged colleges to standardize general education


Senate bill 182

Senate Bill 182

  • January 4, 2012: Proposal introduced to require statewide transfer general education core.

  • January 31, 2012: Passed Senate

  • February 20, 2012: Passed House

  • March 16, 2012: Signed into law

SB 182 signed

January 2012

March 2012


Summary of 182

Summary of 182

  • A student who is transcripted as completing the gen ed requirements of one state institution cannot be required to complete additional gen eds.

  • A student who holds an associate degree and transfers to a state 4-year institution is considered to have met 30 cr. hrs. of gen ed.


State mandate

State Mandate

Indiana Senate Enrolled Act 182

  • Institutes a 30 cr. hr. statewide, transferable Gen Ed curriculum

  • Competency-based

  • Easy to transfer

  • Deadline for implementation: May 2013!

SB 182 signed

January 2012

May 2013

March 2012


Learning outcomes

Learning Outcomes

  • Commission: 6 competency areas

  • Statewide conferences of faculty panels

  • Goal was to set specific outcomes.

  • Final outcomes leaned heavily on LEAP.

Written Communication Speaking/Listening

Quantitative Reasoning

Humanistic/Artistic Social/Behavioral

Science

Faculty Panels

Commission

January 2012

May 2013

May 2012

Nov 2012

March


State mandate1

State Mandate

  • Instructions for implementation details and learning outcomes were made available to institutions in November 2012.

  • IU East began to re-create General Education.

Adaptation

Faculty Panels

Commission

January 2012

May 2013

May 2012

Nov 2012


We did it in 6 months

We did it in 6 months!

  • Design Curriculum

  • Draft Learning Outcomes

  • Create Assessment Process

  • Discuss with Faculty Constituents

  • Involve Curriculum Committee

  • Endorse by Faculty Senate

  • Identify Gen Ed courses

Faculty Panels

Commission

January 2012

May 2013

May 2012

Nov 2012


A bit of history

A Bit of History

Campus Learning Objectives (1998)

Campus Learning Objectives (1998)

New Campus Learning Outcomes

Gen Ed Curriculum 2006

New Gen Ed Curriculum

Loosely defined General Education

Focused Gen Ed Assessment in specific Gen Ed Courses

Limit Gen Ed Assessment to Gen Ed Courses

Assess every outcome in every course

Statewide Core

Late 1990s

2006

2013


A bit of history1

A Bit of History

IU East Campus Learning Outcomes

From 1998

  • Outdated

  • Outmoded

  • Cumbersome

  • Grandfatherly


A visual of the clo s

A visual of the CLO’s

CLO #6. Educated persons should develop the skills to understand, accept and relate to people of different backgrounds and beliefs. In a pluralistic world one should not be provincial or ignorant of other cultures; one's life is experienced within the context of other races, religions, languages, nationalities and value systems.


New campus learning outcomes

New Campus Learning Outcomes

  • IU East proposed a new set of Campus Learning Outcomes

  • Designed with assessment in mind

  • Short and concise


Indiana university east campus learning outcomes

Indiana University EastCampus Learning Outcomes

1. Communicate clearly and effectively in written and oral forms

2. Access, use, and critically evaluate a variety of relevant information sources

Effective communication includes the ability to read, write, listen, speak, and use appropriate resources in delivering and responding to a message. A competent communicator is able to compose a clear message, relate purposeful and relevant ideas suitable to the intended audience, and select appropriate written, verbal and nonverbal strategies to effectively communicate or respond to an intended message.

3. Apply principles of inquiry to define and analyze complex problems through reasoning and discovery

4. Demonstrate the ability to relate within a multicultural and digitally connected world

5. Demonstrate a deep understanding of a field of study

Additional explanation is available if needed. The additional information focuses on assessable outcomes, rather than professing purpose.


On the evolution of general education

On the Evolution of General Education

Prior to 2006

  • A disconnected set of curricular policies

  • Two Composition classes

  • One Speech class

  • One Math class

  • One Computer Literacy class

  • Arts/Humanities; Social/Behavioral Sci; Natural Science: Campus consensus of 12 credit hours in each group

  • No connection to Campus Learning Outcomes


On the evolution of general education1

On the Evolution of General Education

General Education Framework of 2006

  • One policy to specify all Gen Ed requirements

  • 39 credit hour curriculum

  • Connects Campus Learning Outcomes to curricular requirements

  • Two Composition classes

  • One Speech class

  • One Math class

  • One Computer Literacy class

  • 9 credits in Humanities and Fine Arts

  • 9 credits in Behavioral and Social Sciences

  • 9 credits in Sciences/Math


A look at the policy

A look at the policy

Multiple campus learning objectives are addressed in each requirement. Campus Learning Objectives are lengthy and difficult to assess.

Minimal restrictions for courses that can meet the General Education requirement.

No mention of assessment.

Course outcomes are vague and do not address all campus learning objectives.


On the evolution of general education2

On the Evolution of General Education

General Education Framework of 2013

30 credit hour curriculum

Conforms to state mandate

  • Two Composition classes

  • One Speech class

  • One Math class

  • 6 credits in Arts/Humanities

  • 6 credits in Behavioral/Social Sciences

  • 6 credits in Sciences


The new gen ed

The New Gen Ed

Uses detailed statewide course-learning outcomes; written with assessment in mind.

References new Campus Learning Outcomes

Limits the number of courses that are available;

The selection process specifically vets the courses for assessment.


Selecting courses for gen ed

Selecting Courses for Gen Ed

  • Devised a process for adding and removing courses from list of Gen Ed courses

  • Involved Faculty Governance in creation of policy and in maintaining of list


Selecting courses for gen ed1

Selecting Courses for Gen Ed

System of checks and balances for approval of courses


Revising the general education curriculum and its assessment in response to indiana legislation

Selecting Courses for Gen Ed

References State General Education Competencies and Outcomes

Assessment is key part of approval process


Summary

Summary

  • We used the State Mandate to improve long-standing problems:

    • General Education

    • Campus Learning Outcomes

    • Assessment

  • Keys to success

    • Frequent communication with all faculty

    • Strong faculty leadership


Revising general education1

Revising General Education

  • Mary BlakefieldAssociate Vice Chancellor for Academic Support Programs/Dean of [email protected]

  • Markus Pomper Chair, Department of Mathematics [email protected]

  • Katherine FrankDean of Humanities and Social [email protected]


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