Academic Affairs Committee
April 2, 2002 (a)
This is a bulletin from the Academic Affairs Committee
concerning proposed curriculum actions. Within the next 10
days, please forward any comments or concerns to the AAC
Chair, Helen Biblehimer, Elliott Hall 203,
The General Education Subcommittee of AAC has submitted the attached GE assessment plan for approval. It is strongly suggested that you read the plan, which is attached, carefully. It will be voted on by AAC on April 16, 2001. An abbreviated version of the plan follows.
Action: Approve the creation of electronic portfolios as a graduation requirement.
Purpose and Nature: The electronic portfolios will be used to assess the General Education Program. An explanation of the process follows.
Mansfield University General Education Program
I. Statement of Purpose
Mansfield University is dedicated to providing an environment that promotes academic and personal growth as well as intellectual, ethical, and aesthetic values. General Education provides students with the foundation for lifelong learning and to enable them to function as responsible citizens in a rapidly changing world. It is designed to broaden and deepen students' intellectual growth and awareness. General Education requirements work in conjunction with students' major programs of study to provide expanded knowledge from diverse perspectives outside their central area of study.
II. General Education Program Outcomes
General Education courses represent multiple disciplines and meet the general education requirements. Specifically, general education is designed to develop student competency across the core and general education blocks in the following:
III. General Education Program Assessment
Students seeking a baccalaureate degree from Mansfield University are required to take General Education courses in addition to the required core courses. The distribution of required general education courses are selected from the following five blocks:
Upon completion of each general education course, students must select one piece of work that exemplifies their best work in that course. Students will place the selected work into an individual electronic portfolio. As students progress through the general education program, they must continue to accumulate artifacts from each course. One semester prior to graduation, students who began their coursework at Mansfield University (students without transfer credits) will be required to submit a portfolio of works. Each portfolio must contain six artifacts, one from each GE block and the designated paper from ENG313. Taken as a whole, the six artifacts must demonstrate each of the general education outcomes-thinking skills, communication, and subject knowledge in humanities, languages and literature, mathematics, natural sciences, and social science. The following chart illustrates the cover sheet that is to be attached to each artifact in the portfolio.
Guidelines for Implementation of General Education Assessment
It is in the interest of Mansfield University to evaluate the effectiveness of its general education program. This recommendation provides an opportunity for students to integrate general education goals in assignments that are discipline specific and for faculty to demonstrate to students that such integration is an essential mark of one who has received a liberal education. The following guidelines list the responsibilities of each group.
The General Education Subcommittee will
Instructors of General Education Courses will
Graduate Assistants in the Provost Office will
The University Assessment Committee will
The Associate provost will
Summer team will
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