General Education Taskforce

NEW Recommendation from NMSU General Education Task Force


Members of the NMSU Taskforce

This Taskforce is seeking first to answer the question:
What are the outcomes in terms of content and transferable skills that an NMSU graduate should have after earning a degree from NMSU?

From the NMSU Taskforce meeting on January 29:

The draft outcomes represent a synthesis of the responded developed by four teams from the NMSU system. Their team responses to this prompt are below.
Team 1 Model

Team 2 Model; Other Team 2 supporting docs (Notes from 11/13, Notes from 11/30)

Team 3 Model

Team 4 Model 

Summary of Outcomes

Reading relevant to this work

See also reading for the New Mexico Statewide General Education Steering Committee

Rubrics for assessment of essential skills

WICHE Interstate Passport Project.  The Passport Project is an effort to develop a framework for block transfer of lower-division GE credits.  Faculty from multiple institutions in several states worked collaboratively to define a set of nine essential skill and knowledge areas and to develop sets of learning outcomes and proficiency criteria for each area.  The attached WICHE document contains the complete set of “Passport Learning Outcomes” and “Proficiency Criteria” for:

  • Oral Communication
  • Written Communication
  • Quantitative Literacy
  • Critical Thinking (with Information Literacy included)
  • Five additional skill and knowledge areas

The middle column in each table gives a list of several learning outcomes associated with each area.  The right hand column “proficiency criteria” are examples of ways in which a student might demonstrate proficiency in the given learning outcome.

LEAP VALUE Rubrics.  This is a set of 16 rubrics associated with the Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) Essential Learning Outcomes.  (VALUE stands for “Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education”)  The attached VALUE document includes rubrics for

  • Oral Communication
  • Written Communication
  • Quantitative Literacy
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Ethical Reasoning
  • 10 additional essential skills

Neither of these two sources have materials specifically for “Personal and Social Responsibility”, one of our essential skills.  However, there are several of the value rubrics, such as ethical reasoning, that might be relevant.

Contributed by David Smith, NMSU Director of Assessment