Assessment of General Education

Assessment of learning outcomes is an essential component of the General Education program. Assessment refers to the process of using students’ work to verify that learning outcomes desired by the faculty and institution are being achieved and that appropriate action is being taken to assure continuous improvement. Each of the learning outcomes is demonstrated by means of formal student expression; this may be written, oral, artistic, ASL, or Braille as appropriate.

The University of Akron is in the final year of the first cycle of the General Education course assessment and renewal process.

Area

Assessment of 

student work

Course Renewal 

Report Due 

Tier I: Writing Spring 2016 Spring 2018
Tier I: Speaking and Quantitative Reasoning 2016 - 2017 Spring 2019
Tier II: Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences 2017 - 2018 Spring 2020
Tier III: Domestic Diversity, Global Diversity, Complex Systems                2018 - 2019 Spring 2021
General Education Renewal 2019 - 2020

The second cycle of course assessment and renewal process will begin in AY 21-22 and follow the cycle below.

Area

Assessment of

student work

Course Renewal

Report Due 

Speaking, Writing, Math/Statistics/Logic 2021-2022 Fall 2023
Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences 2022-2023 Fall 2024
Domestic Diversity, Global Diversity, Integrated and Applied Learning    2023-2024 Fall 2025



Note that the assessment cycle has been shifted by one year due to the disruption of classes related to the COVID-19 pandemic.