General Education Assessment Task Force

The General Education Task Force is a group of faculty and administrators that is charged with developing and implementing general education assessment practices for the institution. Using rubrics that have been internally developed for each general education outcome at the college, the group facilitates the collection of student artifacts across curricula, scores them in a two-week session in June, and helps to prepare a report to the campus community on the status of general education, making recommendations for better implementation of assessment practices and procedures and for improvement of student outcomes.

Charge

Constituted in April 2014, the task force has the following charge: to develop and recommend a process for regular, cross-disciplinary, anonymous review of student artifacts as evidence of student learning outcomes (college-wide) for each of the college’s educational objectives. The original charge was expanded in fall 2014 to include: review Queensborough’s existing Educational Outcomes and recommend possible modifications to the Academic Senate.

Membership:

Led by the Interim Vice President for Strategic Planning, Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness and the Learning Outcomes Assessment Manager, the task force members include the Dean for Accreditation, Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness, a faculty representative from each academic department recommended by department chair, one representative from the Academic Senate Curriculum Committee and one from the Senate Assessment Committee.

Summary of work so far:

  • In June 2014, the task force created and normed a rubric to measure Outcome #2 — Analytic Reasoning, and used the rubric to conduct a preliminary assessment of student work (“artifacts”) collected from courses in each of the five Academies during Spring 2014..
  • During fall and spring semesters, 2014-15, the task force created and normed four separate rubrics to measure Outcome #1 — Effective communication through reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The task force decided on a process for collecting student artifacts from every department for evaluation in June 2015.
  • In June 2015, the task force and several faculty members engaged in High Impact Practices assessed anonymized student work provided voluntarily by faculty from courses in each department whose syllabi targeted one of these Outcomes.

Planned work for 2015-16:

  • Review data from June 2015 assessment and recommend adjustments as indicated.
  • Develop and norm rubrics for QCC Educational Outcomes #3 – Quantitative Reasoning and #4 – Information Management, and distribute to faculty in all departments
  • Engage in campus-wide discussion of courses and assignments most appropriate for use in the campus-wide general education assessment process.
  • Prepare for spring 2016 collection of electronic student artifacts through Digication for June 2016 assessment of Outcomes #1, 2, 3, and 4.
  • Re-examine list of General Education Outcomes and submit any revisions to the Academic Senate for consideration

Mission & Guiding Principles

General Education Mission Statement

The goals of a General Education are to help students develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and habits of mind needed to live as informed citizens of the world. As part of each student’s program of study, core components of a General Education include broad knowledge across disciplines; analytical reasoning and critical thinking; effective skills in communication and collaboration; and ethical reasoning and intercultural awareness. The design and delivery of the General Education stimulates students to see connections and integrate learning across disciplines.

Guiding Principles for Developing or Revising General Education Outcomes

The General Education Assessment Task Force plans to review, revise, and develop Core Learning Outcomes expected of students who graduate from Queensborough with an associate degree. The Task Force is also developing rubrics that seek to measure components of these Outcomes in order to:

  • Help students understand the college’s expectations
  • Provide a resource to faculty as they design curricula and pedagogy through which students become proficient in each Outcome
  • Assist faculty in determining how well students achieve each Outcome
  • Inform the public as to how the college measures Learning Outcomes

Core Learning Outcomes

Intellectual skills:

  • Analytic reasoning
  • Effective communication (individual and group)
  • Quantitative and scientific literacy
  • Information literacy
  • Collaborative learning (group)

Knowledge:

  • Broad knowledge of the concepts and methodologies central to multiple fields

Attitudes, Habits, and Responsibilities:

  • Reason and act ethically while recognizing multiple value systems
  • Integrate and apply concepts, methods, knowledge, and skills in addressing significant problems and questions, both civic and global in context
  • Appreciate or engage in creative work

Assessment

Outcomes must be stated in a way that allows measurement through examination of student work.

Membership

Faculty Membership 2015-16

  • Academic Literacy – Jed Shahar
  • Art and Design – vacant
  • Biological Sciences and Geology - Mangala Tawde
  • Business - Shele Bannon
  • Chemistry – Derek Bruzewicz
  • Engineering Technology – Craig Weber
  • English –Tanya Zhelezcheva
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures – Monica Rossi-Miller
  • Health, Physical Education and Dance – Anthony Monahan
  • History – Sarah Danielsson
  • Library – Sheila Beck
  • Mathematics and Computer Science – Kostas Stroumbakis
  • Music – Neeraj Mehta
  • Nursing – Kathleen Pecinka
  • Physics – Todd Holden
  • Social Sciences - John Gilleaudeau
  • Speech Communication and Theatre Arts – Rosanne Vogel
  • Academic Senate Assessment Committee representative: Andrea Salis
  • Academic Senate Curriculum Committee representative: TBA

Faculty Membership 2014-15

  • Academic Literacy – Julia Carroll
  • Art and Design – Pete Mauro
  • Biological Sciences and Geology - Mangala Tawde
  • Business - Shele Bannon
  • Chemistry – Derek Bruzewicz
  • Engineering Technology – Craig Weber
  • English –Tanya Zhelezcheva
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures – Monica Rossi-Miller
  • Health, Physical Education and Dance – Anthony Monahan (Fall 2014)
  • History – Ken Pearl (Fall 2014), Sarah Danielsson (Spring 2015)
  • Library – Sheila Beck
  • Mathematics and Computer Science – Kostas Stroumbakis
  • Music – Neeraj Mehta
  • Nursing – Barbara Rome (June 2014), Kimberly Ambruso
  • Physics – Raul Armendariz (June 2014), Todd Holden
  • Social Sciences – Amy Traver (June 2014), Larissa Honey (Fall 2014), John Gilleaudeau (Spring 2015)
  • Speech Communication and Theatre Arts – Rosanne Vogel
  • Academic Senate Assessment Committee representative: Andrea Salis
  • Academic Senate Curriculum Committee representative: Julia Carroll

Progress Reports

An Overview of General Education Assessment at Queensborough, 2002-14

QCC Convocation, January 26, 2012

General Education Assessment Task Force Status Report, 9-18-14

General Education Assessment Task Force Progress Report to the Academic Senate, 5-4-15