Call for GE Assessment
Call for Proposals
California State University, FullertonGeneral Education Committee Office of Academic Programs
Assessment of General Education Goals for Student Learning
The General Education (GE) Committee seeks proposals from faculty members, departments and colleges to develop or refine assessment strategies to measure student learning in the GE Program: across the GE program; within specific GE categories and sub-categories; or across multi-section General Education courses.
The GE Committee encourages proposals that will gather evidence to answer questions such as but not limited to these:
The GE Committee does not expect to receive proposals that will assess the GE program as a whole. Instead, the GE Committee seeks proposals for developing or adapting means of assessing a subset of the knowledge and skills that comprise the GE program. The emphasis of the assessment proposals should be on assessing how well the General Education Program accomplishes its learning goals and objectives. Assessment proposals should not focus on an individual section of a GE course.
Frequently used tools to assess student learning in academic programs, or component of them, include:
Incentives for Participation
Beyond the intrinsic rewards associated with collaboration among colleagues to improve student learning in a very important component of our students’ undergraduate experience, modest support for the costs of carrying out experiments in assessment is available. We anticipate funding 5- 8 proposals this year, with awards ranging from $4,000-$10,000 based on the number, depth of scope, and quality of the proposals received.
Awards can be used for stipends for intersession or summer work on the project, supplies, books and materials, travel, research assistance, external consultants, or other operating expenses directly related to the assessment project.
|Resource List and Abbreviated "Webliography" on GE Assessment
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a) Learning Goals for General Education (CSU Fullerton)
b) Guiding Principles Assessment of Student Learning (CSU Fullerton)
c) Examples of Scoring Rubrics and Guides
Guide on Using Rubrics and Examples of Rubrics in Various Disciplines
Scoring Guides and Assessment of Information Competence (CSU Campuses)
d) Examples of GE Assessment Studies and Reports:
Report on the Use of the Writing Proficiency Exam to Assess Student Understanding and Appreciation of Diversity (CSU Los Angeles)
Report on the Use of A National Standardized Test to Measure Learning in Political Science/Government Course (CSU Los Angeles)
Report on the Assessment of Two GE Arts and Humanities Objectives (CSU Bakersfield)
Larger awards, including, but not limited to, support for released time may be provided for projects that involve an entire category of GE or that will make an especially significant contribution to ensuring that the GE program achieves the goals for student learning summarized in UPS 411.201. Proposals seeking release time or larger amounts of funding will normally also involve financial support from sponsoring departments, colleges, or other sources.
The following information must be submitted:
1. Name and the department/program and college of the proposer(s). Clearly identify the one person who will be responsible for the oversight and implementation of the project.
2. Brief summary of assessment project (150 words)
3. The proposal narrative must address each of the following questions in clearly identified sections in this order: (2-3 pages)
4. Provide a detailed budget with explanation of each item. Include any matching funds provided by program/department or college and any support from other sources.
5. Signatures of department chair/program coordinator and college dean indicating approval of the proposal.
Cycle and Reporting Requirements
Faculty who are awarded funds are encouraged to initiate their project activities in Spring 2006 and they have until June 2007 to complete the entire project. A progress report will be due by December 2006 and a final report will be due by June 2007. Grant recipients will receive 50% of the awarded funds in advance and the remaining balance will be distributed with the final report and a detailed list of committed/expended funds. Grant recipients will be encouraged to share their experiences at campus events such as the Faculty Affairs Forum.
Proposal Submission and Due Date
Faculty members (individuals or groups) may submit proposals. The support of a department/program and a college is essential. Proposals are due in the Academic Programs Office, MH-111, by 5 p.m. on Friday March 10, 2006. Please submit one paper copy of the proposal with the required signatures and an electronic copy as an e-mail attachment to Ms. Linda Cooper, Academic Programs, firstname.lastname@example.org. Proposals will be reviewed and announcement of awards made by mid-April 2006.
Prospective applicants interested in learning more about this call for assessment proposals and/or getting feedback on preliminary ideas or proposals are invited to attend an information session to be held on Thursday, February 23, 2006 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in MH 141.
Questions should be directed to Dr. Sylvia A. Alva, Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Programs, extension 4586 or email@example.com.