From the Back Cover
General education is the core of the undergraduate experience. It provides a lasting foundation for lifelong learning, application, and appreciation of the various approaches to understanding individuals, cultures, and the world we live in. First-year experience programs are becoming virtually universal in colleges and universities, and first-year seminars often are integrated into general education programs to promote student retention, engagement, and success. The assessment of these institution-wide efforts is particularly challenging, but many campuses have made substantial progress from which we can learn.
Written for college and university administrators, assessment officers, faculty, and staff who support general education and first-year experience programs, this book is a pragmatic guide for developing, aligning, and assessing general education programs in meaningful, manageable, and sustainable ways. It presents a variety of approaches to help readers understand what other campuses are doing and develop a repertoire of methods so they can make informed decisions about their own programs.
About the Author
MARY J. ALLEN
is professor emeritus of psychology, California State University-Bakersfield, and former director of the California State University Institute for Teaching and learning. She served as department chair and founded the faculty development center and assessment center at California State University-Bakersfield, and supported faculty development and assessment efforts for the California State University System. She holds a master’s degree in statistics and a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California-Berkeley. In the last decade she has offered assessment workshops and support to more than 60 colleges, universities, and college district, and has led invited workshops at a variety of conferences, including presentation for the American Association for Higher Education, the Association of American colleges and Universities, and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.