Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Goals

Student Learning Outcomes Goals

The assessment of student learning is an essential component of university effectiveness, General Education, and Program Goals. This assessment is fundamental to achieving the Strategic Plan goals and fulfilling the mission. At Montclair State University, the programs are designed to develop students' ability to discover, create, evaluate, apply, and share knowledge. Students, in their curricular and co-curricular programs cultivate abilities to think critically, act ethically, and become informed participants in our democracy. It is the ongoing, systematic assessment of specific student learning goals in General Education and academic programs which informs the University on the status of accomplishing the mission and Strategic Plan.

Background Information

The Gen Ed Program at Montclair State University provides students with the benefits of the best of the traditional liberal arts curriculum: a sense of history, a perspective on social sciences, a familiarity with the humanities and the arts, and an understanding of mathematical and scientific principles and their contemporary applications. The courses taken to fulfill this requirement are designed to impart not merely information, but techniques of problem –solving and analytical thinking. This Gen Ed program was developed in 1998 and ratified by a vote of the faculty. The program specified eleven goals for student learning. In December 2008, the General Education committee started with these eleven goals , then reviewed and consolidated them producing four learning goals ( for the purpose of assessment).

Gen Ed Goals from 1998

  1. Writing, writing, writing
  2. Having a solid knowledge base
  3. Developing critical thinking in writing, oral, and creative processes
  4. Developing skills to retrieve and evaluate information
  5. Developing problem solving and critical thinking skills across all disciplines
  6. Understanding the democratic underpinnings of our society and their relationships to other cultures
  7. Understanding world and national issues and their impact on society
  8. Developing and applying multicultural and transnational awareness
  9. Demonstrating the multi-, inter-, and intra-disciplinarity of subjects and information
  10. Understanding the dynamic nature and consequences of such issues as gender, race, diversity, equity, class, and ethnicity
  11. Understanding and applying ethical standards to personal, national, and international decision-making

Revised Gen Ed Goals of 2008

  1. Communication: Students will demonstrate effective communication of ideas in both oral and written presentations.
  2. Critical Thinking: Students will think critically and develop problem solving skills across all disciplines.
  3. National and Global Issues: Students will develop and apply appreciation and awareness for gender, race, culture and ethnicity in global and national issues and the impact on society.
  4. Integration and Application: Students will develop the ability to apply academic knowledge in all contexts beyond the classroom.

Consultation Request

If you are a faculty or staff member, who needs help with assessment efforts, you can submit a consultation/training request to Dr. Irina Koroleva at