Program Assessment

General Education Learning Goals

One fundamental purpose of a liberal education is to ensure the acquisition of knowledge common to educated people and to equip students to integrate acquired knowledge in order to produce interconnections of thoughts and ideas. 


General Education Learning Goals provide a framework for aligning, designing, delivering, and assessing student learning across the  general education curriculum.


Southeast Missouri State University prioritizes seven general education learning goals, as shown in Table 1 below. These institutional goals for student learning alignment with the four CORE42 learning competencies for the state of Missouri.

Level of achievement

Each of the goals is described by indicators within Table 1 (see Column 2). Currently, the AAC&U VALUE rubrics, shown alongside each goal are used to guide holistic assessment of student learning for general education. 

Table 1. General education learning competencies, learning goals, and assessment instruments (adopted May 2018) 

CORE42 learning competencies

General education learning goals at Southeast

Assessment Instrument

   I.      Valuing
The ability to demonstrate the moral and ethical values of a diverse society

1.       Ethical reasoning

Students will demonstrate the ability to assess their own ethical values and the social context of problems, recognize ethical issues in a variety of settings, think about how different ethical perspectives might be applied to ethical dilemmas and consider the ramifications of alternative actions.

Ethical Reasoning VALUE Rubric

2.       Global learning

Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze and engage with complex, interdependent global systems and legacies (such as natural, physical, social, cultural, economic, and political) and their implications for people’s lives and the Earth’s sustainability.

Global Learning VALUE Rubric

 II.      Communicating

The ability to locate, organize, evaluate, and synthesize information from various sources

3.       Written communication

Students will demonstrate effective written communication in a variety of contexts and media.

Written Communication VALUE Rubric

(Note: The English Department still administers the WP002 exams, which is another source of assessment data.)

4.       Oral communication

Students will demonstrate effective verbal communication through various channels.

Oral Communication VALUE Rubric

III.      Management information

The ability to communicate effectively through various channels and systems

5.       Information literacy

Students will demonstrate the ability to locate, organize, evaluate, and synthesize information from various sources.

Information Literacy VALUE Rubric

IV.      Higher order thinking

The ability to demonstrate critical and creative thinking, quantitative literacy, and problem-solving

6.       Critical thinking

Students will demonstrate the ability to distinguish among opinion, facts, and inferences; to identify underlying or implicit assumptions; to make informed judgments; to solve problems; and to practice reflective thinking.

Critical Thinking VALUE Rubric

(Note: We currently use the MAPP2 exam to assess critical thinking, but it is being phased out.)

7.       Quantitative literacy

Students will demonstrate a ‘habit of mind’, competency, and comfort in working with numerical data across a variety of contexts.

Quantitative Literacy VALUE Rubric




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