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Critical Thinking Rubric Faculty Workgroup - Spring 2013 - Fall 2013

REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS
DUE BY EMAIL - 5:00 PM, APRIL 11, 2013

A GE Assessment Policy was approved in January 2009 and implementation on the new policy began soon after. A set of goals and outcomes for the GE Program, based on the Principles developed by the National Leadership Council for Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP), were developed and are currently before the Academic Senate. The GE Assessment Committee has sponsored a number of activities to encourage the evaluation of the GE Outcomes by direct and indirect methods.

Coincident with these efforts, the university’s accreditation agency, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) revised their standards and expectations. One standard asks that baccalaureate programs ensure the development of core competencies including, but not limited to, written and oral communication, quantitative reasoning, information literacy, and critical thinking. Institutions must describe how the curriculum addresses each of the five core competencies, explain their learning outcomes in relation to those core competencies, and demonstrate, through evidence of student performance, the extent to which those outcomes are achieved.

The purpose of the Critical Thinking Rubric Faculty Workgroup (CTRFW) is to investigate the implementation on a broad scale of a rubric to evaluate student work product for evidence of critical thinking. Academic Programs will provide resources for up to eight faculty from various disciplines. Through meetings and individual work, CTRFW members will develop a rubric, identify and collect appropriate student work products, meet for “norming” and grading sessions, and analyze the process to make recommendations regarding expanded implementation.

Description of Project (DOC)

Application (DOC)

Meeting of the Minds - A Discussion of Critical Thinking

March 1, 2013
Cal Poly Pomona

Meeting Agenda (PDF)

Meeting Results - FIRST DRAFT (PDF)

Handouts from the Meeting

What is Critical Thinking? (University of Toronto) (PDF)
What the Political Campaign Shows about the Need for Critical Thinking (Inside Higher Ed) (PDF)
Guide to Rating Critical Thinking (Washington State University) (PDF)
Critical Thinking VALUE Rubric (AAC&U) (PDF)
Bloom's Taxonomy (2001) (PDF)

AAC&U General Education Conference

General Education and Assessment 2012
Network for Academic Renewal Conference
February 23-25, 2012
New Orleans, Louisiana

Event was sponsored by

  • Association of American Colleges and Universities

Event Poster

GE Rubric Pilot Faculty Learning Community - Spring 2011 - Fall 2011

In 2009-10, the University G.E. Assessment Committee developed student learning outcomes (SLOs) for General Education. In the spring and summer of 2010, three groups of faculty who teach General Education courses created assessment rubrics to evaluate the achievement of the student learning outcomes. In this Faculty Learning Community (FLC), participants will pilot these rubrics using collected work samples from G.E. courses they teach in the representative content areas covered by the selected SLOs. The rubrics can be viewed here.

Academic Programs will provide resources for up to 9 faculty from various disciplines appropriate to the learning outcomes measured by the existing G.E. assessment rubrics (listed in the appendix of the Application). Through meetings, and individual work, G.E. Rubric Pilot FLC members will identify appropriate student work products, implement G.E. assessment rubrics, meet for “norming” and grading sessions and will make recommendations to the G.E. Assessment committee regarding the implementation and continued use of the G.E. rubrics.

Application (DOC)

Meeting to Discuss Rubric Development for GE Outcomes (5/10/2010)