Assessing the Liberal Arts Core

Assessing the Liberal Arts Core

General Education assessment at Asbury University intentionally includes multiple types of measures for contextual understanding and the elimination of “bias” (external and internal), in addition to the type of student response mode (direct and indirect) to establish a balanced assessment system.   The multiple measures align with University’s Performance Assessment System, which includes measures reflecting Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes, Values and Belief goals and the Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) associated with these overarching goals. The direct measures provide objective data that directly address the knowledge and skill sets within the Student Learning Outcomes.  By comparison, the indirect measures offer responses more representative of the affective or value domains embedded within each of the SLOs.  Within student liberal education, the cognitive and the affective domains are inextricably bound; and Asbury’s system for assessing general education holistically and analytically demonstrates this interrelated conceptual framework of the SLOs.  Typically, there are three categories or types of data used in the system including: 1) student achievement data; 2) student survey data; and 3) student GPA data.  Portions of the same data sets may be used to respond to different SLOs building a strong interconnected system of analysis using targeted measures. 

Please click here to view the General Education assessment system in detail.

General Education Performance Assessment. The General Education Proficiency Assessment (GEPA) is a multiple-choice examination designed by Asbury faculty members, across all disciplines, to assess students’ conceptual thinking and learning as an outcome of their experiences through the General Education program.  This tool was designed, piloted and administered during Spring 2011 as an internal direct measure of the Asbury General Education program.

Leadership within the Liberal Arts Core.  The General Education program operates under the auspices of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Steve Clements.  Dr. Clements, together with Dr. Dan Strait, Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and the General Education Committee, manages the continuous progress of the program through the process of assessment and analysis.

The members of the General Education Committee for 2012-2013 include:

Dr. Dan Strait, Chair, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Linda Stratford, Art Department

Dr. Shelby Thacker, World Languages Department

Dr. Ron Holz, Music Department

Dr. Bruce Branan, Natural Sciences Department

Dr. Chuck Gobin, English Department

Prof. Steve Dawson, Behavioral Sciences Department

Dr. Ken Pickerill, Health, PE, and Recreation Department

Dr. Jerry Miller, Christian Studies and Philosophy

Dr. Towanna Roller, Mathematics Department

Mr. Morgan Tracy, Library

Dr. Stephen Clements, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Ex Officio