The Integration of General Education
“The General Education Program is central to UNC Charlotte’s basic mission of providing all of its undergraduates with a liberal arts education. It provides all undergraduate students, regardless of their majors, with the foundations of the liberal education they will need to be informed people who have the ability to act thoughtfully in society, to make critical judgments, and to enjoy a life dedicated to learning and the pleasures of intellectual and artistic pursuits.” In order to accomplish this, written communication, oral communication, and critical thinking skills are integrated within the majors. Students are expected to communicate fluently, compose, grapple with issues, use language deliberately, and reflect on and revise their work. The integration of written and oral communication in the majors support the mission of Communication Across the Curriculum to promote the idea that students who “[communicate] to learn and learn to [communicate]” think more critically and creatively, engage more deeply in their learning, and are better able to transfer what they have learned from course to course, and from context to context.
Every two years, the Undergraduate Education Office submits general education assessment plans and reports that detail which outcomes were assessed, and how, when, and where they were assessed. The reports also include what types of artifacts were collected and how they were evaluated. An artifact is the product or work that a student generates. The results of the assessment act as one source of evidence about student learning. Faculty use the results to inform decisions about the improvement of teaching and learning. Overall, students are meeting the general education learning outcomes targets.