Give Students a Compass

2010 General Education in California Presentations

May 3-4, 2010
California State University, Fullerton

All presentations are in MS PowerPoint and/or PDF format.


What Students Need to Know about College


General Education, Engagement, and Student Success
Ephraim Smith, Vice President for Academic Affairs, CSU Fullerton

The Impact of Public Sphere Pedagogy on Student Engagement
"Give Students a Compass" Beta Site Presentation
Thia Wolf, Director, First-Year Experience Program, William M. Loker, Dean of Undergraduate Education, CSU Chico

Public sphere pedagogy challenges teachers and students to understand and realize the connections between classroom work and larger, public implications for becoming an educated participant in a democracy.

Guilding and Preparing STEM Students
Chris Renne, Professor and Director, Center for Careers in Teaching, CSU Fullerton; Professor Steve Bautista, Santa Ana College, Professor Karen Rose, Fullerton College

For the past year, Santa Ana College, Fullerton College, and Cal State Fullerton have worked together to improve student preparation in STEM fields: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. A shared sense of student learning outcomes and demonstrated proficiency helped faculty toward a goal-oriented model of collaboration that facilitated learning while improving student success.

The Evolving Toolkit for Assessing General Education | PDF Handout
Pamela Kerouac and Marc Singer, College Board

The College Board has long been the industry standard for providing third-party validation of student learning, via testing instruments like Advanced Placement, the SAT, and the Collegiate Learning Evaluation Program. Learn techniques for eliciting, quantifying, and validating expert judgment from the faculty in the disciplines, toward making student learning visible and measurable. Participants will also have the chance to hear about and react to early work by the College Board to take GE assessment above the level of the individual course, testing student proficiency in integrative studies and broad "literacies," such as quantitative literacy, intercultural literacy, and scientific literacy.

The Basis for Outcomes-Based Articulation?
Sally Murphy, Professor and Director, First-Year Experience Program, CSU East Bay; Bernie Day, Articulation Officer, Foothill College, Scott Lankford, Professor of English, Foothill College

Faculty at Foothill College and Cal State East Bay are exploring practices they already both have in place that measure student learning more authentically, by capturing faculty evaluations of student work as it's produced, and employing technology, rubrics, and challenge exams in combinations that may validate student learning while encouraging students to focus on the aims of general education.

Technology and Strategy for Managing On-Line GE Courses
Tricia Gabany-Guerrero, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, CSU Fullerton

This presentation will focus on the trend in increasing enrollment in online G.E. courses and the challenges presented to faculty. Strategies for managing technology and maintaining high-quality assessment will be discussed and virtual demonstration will be presented.

Making Change Happen: Reform of General Education in the CSU
Gail Evans, Dean, Undergraduate Studies, San Francisco State University

Several California State Universities have undergone GE reform within the past decade—especially around the 2008 adoption of Executive Order 1033, which reconfigured the general education curriculum in the CSU and explicitly incorporated the Essential Learning Outcomes of the AAC&U's LEAP campaign. What works and what potholes should you avoid? Why are High-Impact Practices critical to the success of any GE curriculum?


Toward Seamless Educational Experiences | PDF Handout
Charles Schoeder, Senior Associate Consultant, Noel Levitz Higher Education Consulting

Is the current financial crisis an opportunity? And in an era of accelerating transfer, how can the structure of the Learning Community be extended to—and among—entire institutions?

Beyond Engagement: Ensuring Campus Effort for Equity and Student Success | PDF Handout
Alicia Dowd, Associate Professor and Co-Director, USC Center for Urban Education

Researchers at USC's Center for Urban Education have developed tools and processes to help educators move beyond engagement, and take the next steps to improve racial-ethnic equity in student learning outcomes.

Assessing GE Outcomes at the Program Level | PDF Handout
Gordon Babst, Joe Slowensky, and Jan Osborn, Chapman University

Chapman University's new, 21st century General Education program embodies the qualities of flexibility, being student-driven, interdisciplinary, includes service learning and study abroad, and is both broad and in-depth. The university is now turning to assessment at the program level, and beyond the traditional organizational units of course and department. At stake is a deeper, more authentic look into student learning and institutional effectiveness.

Development of Student Learning Outcomes for GE: Lessons from a Collaborative Approach
Andrew Lawson, Chair, Academic Senate Fresno State University

Fresno State University's senate recently adopted a set of general education student learning outcomes that embraces the radical, outcomes-based vision embodied in the CSU's recent general education executive order, which adopts the AAC&U's LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes as the curriculum's foundation. Learn how campus constituencies were constructively engaged for an institution-wide adoption of the new paradigm, as well as the plans set forth to measure student learning.

The Cal-PASS Initiative and Existing Intersegmental Curriculum Alignment and Collaboration Efforts
Michelle Kalina, Lauren Davis Sosenko, Cal-PASS

Cal-PASS is a voluntary data-sharing collaboration that strives to improve communication among the educational segments and increase data use. Cal-PASS data on student success could be key in validating the effectiveness of new paradigms for general education and transfer.

Three GE Projects at San José State University: "Give Students a Compass" Beta Site Presentation | PDF Handout
Stephen Branz, Associate Dean of Curriculum and Director of General Education, Maureen Scharberg, Associate Dean, College of Science, and Professor Scot Guenter, all of San José State University

San José State is using a shared section of English 1B to anchor the transfer student transition from college to university. At the same time, integrated, team-taught, multi-semester GE course sequences at San Josť have successfully oriented GE around themes of Humanities, American Studies, and Global Climate Change. Finally, faculty teams from upper-division GE courses are using modified VALUE rubrics from the AAC&U as a way to assess the quality of the entire GE program.

ePortfolios for the Metro Academics of Health: High Impact Practices To Improve Student Transfer
Kevin Kelly, Online Teaching and Learning Manager, Academic Technology, San Francisco State University; and Savita Malik, Curriculum Director, Metro Academies Initiative, City College of San Francisco

The partnership of San Francisco State University (SF State) and City College of San Francisco (CCSF), representing an established consortium of nine California State Universities (CSUs) and California community colleges, launched the Metro Academies Initiative to boost college completion for low-income and first-generation students by coordinating course requirements and accelerating academic development during the first two years of college.

Assessment and Articulation by Design: "Give Students a Compass" Beta Site Presentation | PDF Handout
William Loker, Dean of Undergraduate Education, and Lori Beth Way, Professor of Political Science, CSU Chico

We present a process model for a revised GE program that from the outset reconciles the differences between outcomes-based assessment and content-based articulation without abandoning the strengths of either approach.

If We Were a Hospital We'd Be Shut Down: "Give Students a Compass" Beta Site Presentation
Janet Hecsh, Chair, Faculty General Education Committee; Angelica Tellechea, Jesse Cuevas, students, all of Sacramento State University

Learn how Sacramento State, a beta site in "Give Students a Compass," is making the connection between improving its general education curriculum and advancing the systemwide agenda to boost degree production and halve the achievement gap.

High-Impact Practices in the CSU: Some Preliminary Observations
Bettina Huber, Director of Institutional Research, CSU Northridge

This presentation examines the degree to which national findings and subgroup differences in HIP exposure apply within the CSU, one of the key partners in the Compass Project. We will also review a preliminary effort, using NSSE data from a single CSU campus, to examine the effect of HIPs on respondents' perceived gains in learning, as well as their persistence and performance in college.