Mission Statement: the General Studies Program at West Liberty University promotes student success by providing undergraduates with the knowledge and skills needed to become successful graduates, critical thinkers, and life-long learners. While all programs have their own objectives, the General Studies Program represents the core foundation upon which all academic programs and the following Student Learning Outcomes are built.
General Studies Student Learning Outcomes:
Communication: Upon completion of the General Studies Program at WLU, students will be able to communicate effectively with clarity, coherence, and persuasiveness.
Problem Solving: Upon completion of the General Studies Program at WLU, students will be able to apply appropriate concepts and methods to analyze, evaluate, and interpret problems before implementing a suitable strategy.
Self and Cultural Awareness: Upon completion of the General Studies Program at WLU, students will reflect objectively on the human condition through investigation, appreciation, and evaluation of the products, perceptions, expressions, and interrelationships of various cultures.
West Liberty has developed rubrics for the assessment of general studies, and these rubrics are implemented into the University Assessment Data Management System, LiveText. Initial data is collected, and the process is on-going.
GENERAL STUDIES REVIEW
A new process for the review of courses in the general studies program was established in November 2015 by the Provost. Approximately 10-12 courses will be reviewed each year, and every course will be reviewed at least once every five years. The General Studies Assessment Committee will review each course based on established criteria and use a rubric developed by the committee to evaluate and provide recommendations. The General Studies Assessment Committee is requiring that reviews (see best example) be submitted via LiveText.
Submissions proposing the addition of a course to the general studies program are to include a completed Curriculum Committee form CC-4A and syllabi from all course sections.