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GEF Assessment Plan

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Assessment Overview

The previous GEC practice of the syllabus audit every five years has been replaced with a comprehensive assessment plan under the guidance of the Director of Academic Excellence and Assessment. Key components of the new assessment plan are:

  • Adoption of the AACU's LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes and Value rubrics for assessment of ALL GEF courses in the WVU system.
  • Development of a five-year assessment cycle which ensures a) all of the learning outcomes are assessed at least once per cycle and  b) faculty teaching GEF courses are performing GEF-specific assessment no more than two times in five years.
  • Assessment practices, data, analyses, and resulting action plans can be used as evidence for departmental and programmatic assessment.
  • Review of courses' CIM entries and materials for a) relevance and b) support of GEF goals and WVU mission.

A copy of the GEF Assessment Pilot Workshop Presentation is available.

Long-term GEF Assessment Cycle

The table below indicates the order in which the LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes will be assessed as well as the academic year in which that assessment will take place.

Academic Year 2017-2018   LEAP Essential Learning Outcome 2: Written Communication only
Academic Year 2018-2019   LEAP Essential Learning Outcome 1
Academic Year 2019-2020
LEAP Essential Learning Outcome 3
Academic Year 2020-2021
LEAP Essential Learning Outcome 4
Academic Year 2021-2022
LEAP Essential Learning Outcome 2: All other competencies
LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes

In the interest of giving every WVU student a liberal education as defined by the AACU’s Liberal Education & America’s Promise (LEAP) initiative, WVU will apply the AACU LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes as part of the General Education Foundations (GEF). All GEF courses will incorporate one and only one of the AACU LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes.

LEAP Essential Learning Outcome 1: Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World

WVU GEF courses incorporating LEAP Essential Learning Outcome 1 tie some aspect of course outcomes to problems and issues that students recognize in today’s world.

LEAP Essential Learning Outcome 2: Intellectual and Practical Skills
  • Competencies contained within this Learning Outcome include:
  • Inquiry and analysis
  • Critical thinking
  • Creative thinking
  • Written communication
  • Oral communication
  • Quantitative literacy
  • Information literacy
  • Teamwork
  • Problem solving

WVU GEF courses incorporating LEAP Essential Learning Outcome 2 teach at least one intellectual or practical skill relevant for modern life, and explicitly describe to students what it is and where it is applicable.

***For courses choosing to assess LEAP Essential Learning Outcome 2, only one of the bulleted competencies above needs to be aligned with and assessed.

LEAP Essential Learning Outcome 3: Personal and Social Responsibility
  • Competencies contained within this Learning Outcome include:
  • Civic knowledge and engagement—local and global
  • Intercultural knowledge and competence
  • Ethical reasoning and action
  • Foundations and skills for lifelong learning

WVU GEF courses incorporating LEAP Essential Learning Outcome 3 engage the personal or social responsibility of students, and discuss personal, local, national, and/or international situations and problems.

***For courses choosing to assess LEAP Essential Learning Outcome 3, only one of the bulleted competencies above needs to be aligned with and assessed.

LEAP Essential Learning Outcome 4: Integrative and Applied Learning

WVU GEF courses incorporating LEAP Essential Learning Outcome 4 allow for the integration and synthesis of knowledge across the disciplines, and explicitly explain the connection of knowledge across the disciplines.