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 others

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

The Liberal Studies Program is also in the process of mapping 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 Others Awareness of Impact
ENGL 202 Information Literacy Critical Thinking Means of Expression
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 Inquiry Critical Thinking Awareness of Self
HEAL 123 Inquiry Critical Thinking Awareness of Self
HSCC 101 Critical Thinking Awareness of Self Awareness of Impact
C5 - Physical and Biological Sciences
AST 102 Critical Thinking Problem Solving Means of Expression
AST 103 Critical Thinking Problem Solving Awareness of Impact
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 150 Critical Thinking Problem Solving  
NRM 140 Critical Thinking Awareness of Impact  
PHYS 105 Awareness of Others    

 

In progress.  Curriculum map will be posted by December 2018.

In progress.  Curriculum map will be posted by December 2018.

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