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 Vice President for Strategic Planning, Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness and the Director of Policy Analysis for General Education and Student Learning Outcomes, 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 General Education Assessment Task Force Work

2014- June 2016

  • June 2014 – created and normed rubric for Outcome #2, Analytical Reasoning; scored student artifacts
  • Fall 2014: created and normed four rubrics for Outcome #1, Communication (Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening)
  • Taking stock of the remaining task (writing rubrics for eight more outcomes, some of which are more discipline-specific), the task force reported to the Senate that the outcomes themselves needed to be reviewed with possible revision; Senate approved this additional goal in Fall 2014.
  • Spring 2015: collected student artifacts for scoring with the rubrics created so far; began review of outcomes, reading literature on General Education assessment, and looked at other colleges’ outcomes, wrote General Education Mission Statement and Guiding Principles, May 2015
  • June 2015: scored 858 artifacts (276 from the HIPS Assessment Project) from 54 class sections (from all academic departments) using the rubrics for Outcomes #1, Communication, and #2, Analytical Reasoning. Report to Senate in Fall 2015
  • Fall 2015: Task Force created and normed rubrics for Outcome #3, Quantitative Reasoning and Outcome #4, Information Management; created Faculty Survey on General Education Outcomes, administered December 2015-January 2016. Report on results sent to all faculty early Spring 2016
  • Faculty pilot Fall 2015 using Digication to upload assignments and evaluate student artifacts in Digication, using Writing and Analytical Reasoning rubrics; scoring in January 2016. The WI initiative used Digication for artifact collection and scoring Spring 2016
  • March 2016 Faculty Forum on General Education Outcomes
  • The Task Force reviewed all feedback (faculty survey, Gen Ed forum, task force literature review and discussion), drafted proposed modifications for outcomes on Communication, Values, and Collaboration; and recommended further discussion on several possible changes, including addition of civic responsibility, and possible deletion of discipline-specific outcomes. Report sent to Curriculum Committee, which forwarded to the Academic Senate May 2016
  • Spring 2016: IRB approved use of scores of student artifacts for pedagogical research, as long as students gave informed consent. Researchers visited all participating classrooms to collect consent forms. Student artifacts were requested and collected for scoring with all the rubrics for the first four Outcomes; Taskstream launched to facilitate artifact collection and faculty scoring process in June 2016
  • June 2016, faculty submitted 693 student artifacts (from 40 class sections across disciplines). Student consent forms were collected from 254 students; 225 artifacts were matched with student consent forms and were scored, using rubrics for all four of the outcomes. Report on outcomes will be reviewed by the Task Force in September 2016, and then sent to Academic Senate.
  • June 2016, a subset of the task force and June faculty scorers prepared a faculty invitation to participate in general education assessment Fall 2016 and Spring 2017, and guidelines for selecting assignments aligned with QCC’s general education rubrics. These were distributed to all faculty August 4, 2016.

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General Education Assessment Task Force Plan for 2016-17

  • Review outcomes of June 2016 scoring and prepare draft recommendations for General Education Forum September 28, 2016
  • Review responses, and prepare formal recommendations to the Academic Senate
  • Revise rubrics as recommended and develop rubrics for remaining outcomes
  • Establish schedule for assessing the general education outcomes and select courses as appropriate
  • Recommend a structure for ongoing oversight of general education assessment
  • Prepare for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 artifact collection and scoring

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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 – Barbara Lynch
  • Academic Senate Assessment Committee representative: Andrea Salis
  • Academic Senate Curriculum Committee representative: Rotating: Barbara Bonous-Smit, Emily Tai, Lorena Ellis

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

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