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Liberal Studies Assessment

WCU's Liberal Studies Program engages in an on-going assessment of student learning within its curriculum.  Our Liberal Studies curriculum consists of approximately 250 courses, and its size means that it touches almost every student experience and almost every department at the university.  It is important, then, that the university work to evaluate the extent to which the Program speaks to its intended content and objectives. Additionally, the accreditation process requires program assessment, as SACS-COC comprehensive standard 8.2.b states that for general education competencies, the university must “identify expected outcomes, assess the extent to which it achieves these outcomes, and provide evidence of seeking improvement.” (SACS-COC, Resource Manual for the Principles of Accreditation, 2018, p. 70).

To this end, the Liberal Studies Committee has identified eight student learning objectives and outcomes it expects all WCU students to achieve upon completion of their Liberal Studies courses.

These objectives are outlined below, as are their related outcomes and associated rubrics.

Objective: INQUIRY

Outcome #1:  Students will formulate focused questions and hypotheses that address appropriately the topic at hand, as well as identify and explain a method of inquiry.

Associated Rubric

Objective: information literacy

Outcome #2:  Students will identify appropriate information sources and evaluate critically the credibility of those sources for relevance, legitimacy, and bias.

Associated Rubric

Objective: critical thinking

Outcome #3:  Students will evaluate evidence, context, and multiple perspectives as a means of analyzing complex issues.

Associated Rubric

Objective: Problem solving

Outcome #4:  Students will apply appropriate disciplinary methodologies to answer questions and propose solutions to problems within the human and natural worlds.

Associated Rubric

Objective: Means of expression

Outcome #5:  Students will craft written and/or oral communication demonstrating organization, clarity, logic, and skill for various audiences.

Associated Rubric

Objective: awareness of self

Outcome #6:  Students will recognize behaviors and define choices that affect their lifelong well-being.

Associated Rubric

objective: Awareness of Cultural diversity

Outcome #7:  Students will examine critically various cultures through historical and contemporary contexts at the local, national, and/or global levels.

Associated Rubric

objective: Awareness of impact

Outcome #8:  Students will evaluate the impact of their own and others’ actions on the human and/or natural worlds.

Associated Rubric

LS Assessment - Overview and Instructions (Video)

If you are looking for a more detailed explanation of the Liberal Studies assessment process, then this is the video for you! The first 15 minutes of the video offer a summary of WHY and HOW we assess the Liberal Studies program, along with instructions for faculty who are being asked to submit artifacts for assessment.  Then, the last eight minutes of the video offer a more in-depth look at assignment design for the Liberal Studies assessment process.

To access the video's table of contents (so you can focus on the areas of information most relevant to you), click on the caret [or arrow mark] at the bottom of the video screen.

  

Curriculum Map

The Liberal Studies Program has mapped how the courses within its curriculum align with the Program's eight student learning objectives.  For more detail, please click on the tabs below.

C1 - Writing
ENGL 101 Means of Expression Awareness of Impact  
ENGL 202 Means of Expression Information Literacy  
C2 - Mathematics
MATH 101 Means of Expression    
MATH 130 Problem Solving    
MATH 170 Problem Solving    
C3 - Oral Communication
COMM 201 Means of Expression    
C4 - Wellness
HEAL 111 Awareness of Self    
HEAL 123 Awareness of Self    
HSCC 101 Critical Thinking Awareness of Self Awareness of Impact
C5 - Physical and Biological Sciences
AST 102 Problem Solving    
AST 103 Critical Thinking Problem Solving  
AST 104 Critical Thinking Problem Solving  
BIOL 102 Awareness of Impact    
BIOL 103 Awareness of Impact    
BIOL 104 Awareness of Impact    
BIOL 105 Awareness of Impact    
CHEM 101 Critical Thinking Problem Solving  
ENVH 130 Information Literacy Critical Thinking Problem Solving
ESI 140 Critical Thinking Awareness of Impact  
GEOL 140 Inquiry Awareness of Impact  
GEOL 141 Inquiry Information Literacy Awareness of Impact
GEOL 150 Critical Thinking Problem Solving  
NRM 140 Critical Thinking Awareness of Impact  

PHYS 105

Problem Solving

   

 

FYS - First Year Seminar
ACCT 195 Problem Solving Means of Expression Awareness of Impact
BA 195 Awareness of Impact    
BIOL 190 Critical Thinking    
BIOL 192 Critical Thinking    
BIOL 193 Critical Thinking    
BIOL 194 Critical Thinking    
CHEM 190 Critical Thinking Awareness of Impact  
CHEM 191 Critical Thinking Awareness of Impact  
CHEM 192 Inquiry    

CHEM 193

Problem Solving

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

 
CHEM 194 Problem Solving    
CIS 195 Means of Expression    
CJ 190 Critical Thinking Awareness of Impact  
CM 190 Means of Expression Awareness of Impact  
COMM 190 Critical Thinking    
COMM 199 Awareness of Impact    
CS 191 Means of Expression    

EDCI 191

Awareness of Self

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

 
ENGL 190 Information Literacy Critical Thinking  
ENGL 191 Means of Expression    
ENGL 192 Critical Thinking    
ENGR 190 Problem Solving    
ENGR 199 Problem Solving    
ENVH 190 Critical Thinking Means of Expression  Information Literacy
FIN 195 Problem Solving    
GEOL 191 Awareness of Impact    
HIST 190 Means of Expression    
HSCC 191 Awareness of Impact    
HSCC 192 Inquiry    

JPN 190

Awareness of Self

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

 
LAW 195 Critical Thinking    
MATH 190 Problem Solving    
MATH 191 Critical Thinking    
MATH 192 Critical Thinking    
MATH 193 Problem Solving    
MUS 190 Inquiry Critical Thinking  
MUS 191 Inquiry Critical Thinking  
ND 190 Awareness of Self    

PAR 190

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

   
PSC 190 Awareness of Impact    
PSY 190 Critical Thinking Means of Expression  
USI 190 Inquiry    
P1 - Social Sciences
ANTH 110 Critical Thinking    
ANTH 414 Means of Expression    

ASI 250

Critical Thinking

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

Awareness of Impact

BA 133 Awareness of Impact    
BIOL 334 Critical Thinking    

ECON 231

Inquiry

Problem Solving

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

ECON 232

Critical Thinking

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

Awareness of Impact

ENVH 200 Information Literacy Critical Thinking Awareness of Impact
FIN 210 Critical Thinking Problem Solving  
FIN 350 Awareness of Self    
HSCC 307 Information Literacy    
LAW 105 Critical Thinking    
LAW 406 Critical Thinking Means of Expression  
MKT 409 Critical Thinking Means of Expression  
PSC 101 Critical Thinking    
PSC 323 Awareness of Impact    
PSY 150 Information Literacy Critical Thinking Problem Solving
PSY 320 Information Literacy Means of Expression Awareness of Self
PSY 331 Critical Thinking Means of Expression Awareness of Self

RTH 300

Inquiry

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

 

SOC 103

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

   
SOC 235 Critical Thinking    
SOC 414 Means of Expression    
SOCW 251 Critical Thinking    
SOCW 354 Critical Thinking    

SOCW402

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

   
P3 - History
HIST 107 Critical Thinking    
HIST 131 Critical Thinking    
HIST 132 Critical Thinking    
HIST 210 Critical Thinking    
HIST 212 Critical Thinking    
HIST 213 Critical Thinking    
HIST 220 Means of Expression    
HIST 221 Means of Expression    
HIST 222 Means of Expression    
HIST 233 Critical Thinking    
HIST 234 Critical Thinking    
HIST 235 Critical Thinking    
HIST 236 Critical Thinking Means of Expression  
HIST 237 Means of Expression    
HIST 238 Critical Thinking    
HIST 250 Critical Thinking    
HIST 303 Critical Thinking    
HIST 308 Critical Thinking    
HIST 311 Critical Thinking    
HIST 312 Critical Thinking    
HIST 313 Critical Thinking    
HIST 315 Means of Expression    
HIST 317 Means of Expression    
HIST 330 Means of Expression    
HIST 335 Critical Thinking    
HIST 337 Critical Thinking    

HIST 341

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

   
HIST 351 Means of Expression    
HIST 373 Critical Thinking    
MATH 301 Critical Thinking    
P4 - Humanities
CS 210 Critical Thinking Means of Expression  

ECON 344

Problem Solving

Means of Expression

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

ENGL 206 Awareness of Impact    
ENGL 207 Critical Thinking    

ENGL 209

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

   

ENGL 210

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

   

ENGL 290

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

   
ENGL 333 Critical Thinking    
ENGL 350 Critical Thinking    

ENGL 351

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

   
ENGL 352 Critical Thinking    
ENGL 353 Critical Thinking    

ENGL 367

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

   
ENGL 368 Critical Thinking    
ENGL 390 Critical Thinking    

HIST 271

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

   

HIST 281

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

   
LAW 201 Critical Thinking Means of Expression  

LAW 306

Awareness of Self

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

 
LAW 412 Inquiry    
PAR 101 Awareness of Self    
PAR 102 Awareness of Self    
PAR 146 Means of Expression    
PAR 201 Awareness of Self    
PAR 250 Means of Expression    
PAR 304 Means of Expression    
PAR 306 Means of Expression    
PAR 307 Means of Expression    
PAR 309 Means of Expression    
PAR 312 Critical Thinking Means of Expression  
PAR 313 Means of Expression    
PAR 315 Critical Thinking    
PAR 320 Means of Expression    
PAR 330 Awareness of Impact    
PAR 332 Critical Thinking    
PAR 333 Awareness of Impact    
PAR 365 Means of Expression    
PAR 366 Critical Thinking    

PAR 404

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

   
SM 340 Critical Thinking    
P5 - Fine and Performing Arts
ART 104 Inquiry Critical Thinking Awareness of Self

DA 259

Awareness of Self

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

Awareness of Impact

FTP 340

Information Literacy

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

Awareness of Impact

IDES 250 Inquiry Critical Thinking Awareness of Self

MUS 101

Critical Thinking

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

 

MUS 102

Critical Thinking

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

 
MUS 300 Inquiry    

MUS 302

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

   

MUS 304

Critical Thinking

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

 
MUS 410 Information Literacy Critical Thinking  

THEA 104

Critical Thinking

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

Awareness of Impact

THEA 310 Critical Thinking Means of Expression Awareness of Self
P6 - World Cultures

ANTH 120

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

   

ASI 220

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

   

BA 304

Means of Expression

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

 

CHER 101

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

   

CM 365

Means of Expression

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

 

COMM 415

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

   

EDCI 305

Awareness of Self

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

 

ENGL 131

Means of Expression

   

ENGL 363

Awareness of

Cultural Diversity

   

ENGL 366

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

   

ENGR 365

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

   

ENVH 210

Information Literacy

Critical Thinking

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

FREN 101

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

   

FREN 102

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

   

GEOG 103

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

   

GEOG 140

Awareness of Impact

   

GEOG 440

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

   

GER 101

Means of Expression

   

GER 102

Means of Expression

   

GER 110

Means of Expression

   

HSCC 205

Critical Thinking

Awareness of Self

 

HSCC 420

Critical Thinking

   

HT 238

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

Critical Thinking  

JPN 101

Means of Expression

Awareness of Self

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

JPN 102

Means of Expression

Awareness of Self

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

MKT 407

Means of Expression

   

MUS 303

Critical Thinking

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

 

ND 310

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

   

PAR 145

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

   

PAR 251

Information Literacy

   

PAR 260

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

   
PAR 323 Awareness of Self    
PAR 342 Critical Thinking    
PAR 353 Means of Expression    
PAR 354 Awareness of Self    
PAR 356

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

   

PAR 357

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

   

PAR 367

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

   
PSC 169 Awareness of Impact    
PRM 322 Awareness of Cultural Diversity    

SM 350

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

   
SPAN 101 Means of Expression    

SPAN 102

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

   

SPAN 301

Means of Expression

Awareness of Cultural Diversity

 
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