Note: many of the below resources and their descriptions were taken from the required and recommended reading lists for the 2014 Institute on General Education and Assessment participants.

Guides to General Education Review and Revision

  • Revising General Education- And Avoiding the Potholes: A Guide for Curricular Change provides practical advice for how to advance a successful general education reform process—including tips in the areas of task force objectives and procedures, concepts of general education, program planning, proposal approval, and program implementation. Ideal for general education reform committees and faculty senate curriculum committees.  Available in hard copy–contact Cory Lock.

General Education Curriculum Frameworks

  • The Degree Qualifications Profile from the Lumina Foundation is a framework for defining the learning and quality that college degrees signify.
  • College Learning for the New Global Century (LEAP Report)  A report from the Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) National Leadership Council that identifies the essential aims, learning outcomes, and guiding principles for a 21st century college education.
  • VALUE and GEMs Projects The AAC&U’s GEMs (General Education Maps and Markers) project will recommend ways that faculty can apply Essential Learning Outcomes (ELOs), VALUE rubrics and the Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP) proficiencies and principles to cornerstone-to-capstone redesigns for 21st century general education.  Both GEMs and VALUE aim to provide design principles for high-quality 21st-century learning and meaningfully assess student learning.

General Education at St. Edward’s University


  • Assessing College Student Learning: Evaluating Alternative Models, Using Multiple Methods Campus leaders face a bewildering array of different assessment methods-standardized or locally designed tests and inventories, indirect methods focusing on student self-reports of engagement or gains in learning, portfolios, and other performance-based methods. This publication will help readers make sense of the broad assessment landscape.  Available in hard copy–contact Cory Lock.

Using VALUE Rubrics

  • Using the VALUE Rubrics for Improvement of Learning and Authentic Assessment  This publication addresses key elements of, and questions frequently raised about, the development and use of the VALUE rubrics for assessment of student learning. It provides information about rubric-based assessment approaches—including validity, reliability, and rubric modification—and faculty training in the use of rubrics. Specific examples of how campuses are using the VALUE rubrics to improve student learning are also provided. Available in hard copy–contact Cory Lock.  Full case studies from twelve campuses are available online at
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