Considerations for Development and Assessment of Outcomes-Based General Education Curricula

Topics: Student Learning Outcomes, Assessment, Curriculum Development, Academic Planning, Academic Affairs

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Research Questions

  • How do institutions develop and operate outcomes-based general education models? 
  • How do learning outcomes inform curricular decisions? 
  • How do general education administrators approach assessment towards learning outcomes?


In recent years, general education efforts have focused on obtaining measurable results of student learning.  Many institutions use learning outcomes to illustrate the purposes and benefits of general education.  This brief analyzes how administrators assess progress towards learning outcomes in general education programs and also how they use data to inform curricular decisions.

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