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About Us

Assessment of General Education at Lake Forest College

Assessing the General Education Curriculum is one of the key tasks of the Assessment Committee. Our General Education Curriculum is embedded in our College Wide Learning Goals, based ultimately on our Mission Statement.

For our current upperclass students, completion of the Historic General Education Curriculum will continue to be required. This Historic GEC is described here

Since 2014, the tool we have used to assess the General Education Curriculum has been the CLA+, a standardized assessment administered by the Council for Aid to Education (CAE). A sample of seniors has completed this assessment in the Spring before they graduate. 

For classes of First Year students entering in Fall 2018, the College is transitioning to a new General Education Curriculum, which is described here.  This new GEC will apply to incoming transfer students beginning in Fall 2019, as well as all incoming students from then on. 

To assess the Learning Goals for Writing and Speaking, Cultural Diversity and Experiential Learning in this curriculum, the Assessment Committee has written the rubrics visible in the sidebar to the right. The committee will collect samples of student works in the appropriate format for the learning goal being assessed, and evaluate them against these rubrics. 

The calendar for this assessment scheme is as follows:

2018-19 Collect and assess samples for courses tagged Writing Intensive.

2019-20 Collect samples from courses tagged Speaking Intensive.

2020-21 Collect samples for the Cultural Diversity goal. Assess materials for Speaking Intensive courses. 

2021-22 Collect reflections for the Experiential Learning Goal. Assess samples for Cultural Diversity goal.

2022-23 Experiential artifacts assessed.

2023-24 Assess Distribution requirement and Critical Thinking requirement.