General Education Program Assessment

General Education Program Assessment

The General Education (GE) program correlates to the CSU Strategic Plan of 2013-2020 goal 2 to transform the academic model to meet the higher education and leadership needs of Maryland’s 21st century students, citizens and businesses (CSU Strategic Plan, 2013). As part of the ongoing assessment and evaluation of the General Education program, the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs charged the General Education Task Force with a program review specifically related to the updated regulations of the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR).

The program reviews occurred during the 2011-2012 and 2016-2017 academic year. The charge from the Provost office was for the General Education Requirements (GER) Task Force to put forth recommendations which: 1) aligned GERs with the 2017 regulatory updates as stipulated in the COMAR; and 2) promote practices that provide increased flexibility in the GER requirements.

In 2015, the Curriculum Standards and Policy Committee approved as part of their bylaws, the creation of a General Education Subcommittee with a charge to evolve outcomes assessment. As part of assessing outcomes, the General Education Subcommittee was charged to review the elimination of curricular cross-linking that hindered timely completion of General Education requirements, particularly for transfer students. The GE Program Subcommittee meets monthly and submits policy recommendations, outcome assessment updates, and reports to both the University Curriculum Standards and Policies Committee and the Council of Deans.