With the Fall 2013 launch of the expanded Queensborough Academies, the College proposed a new, larger scale approach to General Education assessment, with faculty evaluating student artifacts from courses across the disciplines, using a common faculty-designed rubric for each Educational Outcome. During 2013-14 the ten Faculty Coordinators for the five Queensborough Academies, with guidance from the CETL Director and the Academic Assessment Manger for Learning Outcomes, undertook a pilot General Education assessment project, with reports submitted at the end of the Spring 2014 semester.
The Faculty Coordinator(s) for each Academy, working with several additional faculty members from that Academy, selected one of the College’s Educational Outcomes to assess using 50 artifacts to be collected from courses in the Academy. These faculty groups determined the desired outcomes and an assessment tool (rubric), collected artifacts, normed the rubric, scored the artifacts, and analyzed the results. As it turned out, three of the Academies (Business, Liberal Arts, and STEM) selected the same Educational Outcome: 2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions. However, each group devised its own rubric. The Health-Related Sciences Academy selected 5. Integrate knowledge and skills in their program of study, and the Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Academy selected 10. Apply aesthetic and intellectual criteria in the evaluation or creation of works in the humanities or the arts.
The pilot assessment reports are available below:
Students graduating with an associate degree will:
To achieve these goals, students graduating with an associate degree will: