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Liberal Studies

for the 21st Century

Program Evaluation and Assessment of Student Learning


To provide our students with a curriculum that builds a rigorous foundation for student success in the major and beyond, the Liberal Studies program and faculty must have a clear sense of how well the course requirements, design, and offerings support student learning. Course-based assessments also help instructors identify modifications needed to enhance student learning.

Assessment results help FSU in multiple ways including continually evaluating and improving the Liberal Studies program. They are also reported to external agencies.

All instructors for Liberal Studies courses – including TAs and adjunct instructors – should be prepared to provide assessment data for each SLO for their course’s Liberal Studies designation area(s) in case their section is sampled. We encourage instructors to think about assessing their course SLOs as they finalize their lesson plans and course assignments.

Spring 2019 Assessment Information

Instructors of sampled course sections will receive an email the week of January 21 with an overview of the assessment process so they can prepare in advance for reporting. Click on a link below for information specific to each designation area assessed.

The web links outline the following:

  • Student Learning Outcomes to be measured
  • Questions from the Qulatrics survey
  • List of required documents to prepare for submission
  • Dates for drop-in assessment help sessions led by the Office of Liberal Studies

Data Submission Help Sessions

Instructors of sampled course sections will receive an email the week of March 25 with a unique link to the data submission survey.

The Office of Liberal Studies will hold drop-in data submission help sessions for those who have questions or would like assistance. These are walk-in hours, no registration necessary. Please bring a laptop or tablet and data collected from your course section.

  • Tuesday, April 16, 11AM-12:30PM (Dirac 216)
  • Wednesday, April 17, 3PM-4:30PM (Shores Bldg. Innovation Hub 127)
  • Thursday, April 18, 3PM-4:30PM (Student Services Building 220)
  • Friday, April 19, 10AM-11:30AM (Shores Bldg. Innovation Hub 127)
  • Tuesday, April 23, 1PM-2:30PM (Student Services Building 220)
  • Wednesday, April 24, 3PM-4:30PM (Shores Bldg. Innovation Hub 127)
  • Thursday, April 25, 10AM-11:30AM (Dirac 216)

If you have any questions before completing the survey, contact Dr. Allison Peters, Associate Director of Liberal Studies, at or (850)644-6765.

Liberal Studies Assessment Process

Our goal for the assessment is to get a general measure of the degree to which students have achieved outlined competencies in the eight Liberal Studies General Education designations - Quantitative and Logical Thinking, English Composition, History, Social Sciences, Humanities and Cultural Practice, Ethics, Natural Sciences, and E-Series

Data will measure student achievement for each student learning objective in the designated areas. Instructor feedback about course content and design, as well as potential modifications for the future, will also be gathered and analyzed by designation area

We select a random sample of course sections within each of the designation areas for each of the campus locations: main campus in Tallahassee, the Panama City, FL campus, the Republic of Panama campus, and for online course sections. Instructors of sampled course sections will be notified by email following drop-add

All assessment data will be aggregated and reported by campus instructional site. Individual course sections and individual instructors will not be identified in the results.

Results will be reported by SLO in the university’s Institutional Effectiveness Portal and reported to external agencies. Additionally, reports will distributed to the faculty Liberal Studies Coordinating and Policy Committee, Faculty Senate, university administrators, and others involved in assessment of the Liberal Studies curriculum as appropriate.

For Additional Information or Help

Please feel free to contact Allison Peters or Lynn Hogan

Liberal Studies for the 21st Century is located in room A3500 on the third floor of University Center A in the stadium


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