Outcomes-Based General Education Programs

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

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Research Questions

  • What general education requirements exist at regional comprehensive institutions?
  • What innovative practices do administrators employ to enhance general education programs?
  • What criteria guide the inclusion or exclusion of courses and subjects in the requirements?
  • What governance structures are in place to oversee general education?
  • How do administrators measure and assess learning outcomes?


Many administrators are seeking to establish outcomes-based general education curricula to enhance the consistency and quality of education for all students. This brief examines outcomes-based general education programs at regional comprehensive masters universities, including requirement structure, learning outcomes, and assessment practices. Additionally, the brief outlines considerations for a transition in general education programming and strategies to engage faculty in the transition.

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