The General Studies Program at West Liberty University promotes student success by providing undergraduates with the knowledge and skills needed to become successful graduates, critical thinkers, and life-long learners. While all programs have their own objectives, the General Studies Program represents the core foundation upon which all academic programs are built.
GENERAL STUDIES REVIEW
Review of courses in the general studies program is an ongoing process established in November 2015 by the Provost. Approximately 10-12 courses are expected to be reviewed annually in a five year rotation. Reviews are conducted by the General Studies Assessment Committee (GSAC) based on established criteria and evaluated using LiveText Assessment Management Software and the general studies course review Rubric developed in Committee. Review submissions for the 2015-16 AY include: Physics 190; Math 102; Art 140: Communication 101; Finance 131; Geography 205; Health 250; and Psychology 101. Review submissions for the 2016-17 AY include; English 102; Music 130; Social Work 201; and Geography 206.
General Studies Assessment Committee Recommendations
Proposing the addition of a course to the general studies program is a process of the General Studies Assessment Committee. A completed Curriculum Committee form CC-4A, syllabi from all course sections, and CC-4B and CC-4C may be required for the review. Curriculum Committee forms can be accessed on the Office of the Provost website.
West Liberty’s faculty developed rubrics (writing, oral communication, analysis, self and cultural awareness) for the assessment of general studies. These rubrics are implemented into the University Assessment Data Management System, LiveText, and data is being collected each semester. (See faculty handout for editing and assessing LiveText assignments.)
General Studies (GS) student learning outcomes (SLO), the corresponding rubric, and general studies courses that align to each outcome are listed below.