Standard 12

Middle States Accreditation

Standard 12: General Education

The institution’s curricula are designed so that students acquire and demonstrate college-level proficiency in general education and essential skills, including at least oral and written communication, scientific and quantitative reasoning, critical analysis and reasoning, and technological competency.


1) How well do our entire faculty share the responsibility for General Education?

  1. Introduction to the General Education Commons, History and Philosophy, Advising Overview of General Studies and At-Some-Distance and General Studies Assessment
  2. Sample G-course contributions by School (AY 2011-12), G-Courses approved (2000-10), GENS Courses/Programs Taught (AY05-10), G-course allocations (AY10) 
  3. Faculty Professional Development for G Courses and How to Propose a Course to the G-Conveners
  4. NSF Support for the Quantitative Reasoning aspect of General Education, originating from the Institute for Faculty Development (formerly College Teaching) 2002 Annual Report
  5. Consortium for Innovative Environments in Learning (10.1.6), Stockton General Education (featured on our CIEL membership application), General Studies Curriculum DocumentsReview G Course Application, Review G Course Form and Review Agreement
  6. Student Performance on General Studies coursesReview of the Assessment Pilot  and Summer '11 Asssessment Institute
  7. Sample Academic Program Review illustrating loop-closing action on assessment results: Writing Program

2) How do we know that students are meeting General Studies goals/objectives/outcomes to achieve competence in communication, reasoning, information literacy, and critical analysis?

  1. Collegiate Learning Assessment Results (bottom of the Voluntary System of Accountability page) 
  2. General Studies Convener Reports: GSSGAH, GIS, GEN, GNM and Committee Reports
  3. General Studies Assessment including QUAD Assessment