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General Education Assessment Overview

RIT is a nationally respected leader in professional and career-oriented education. As a major technical university, RIT offers academic opportunities that provide a strong foundation in the humanities and social sciences and extend far beyond science and technology. The RIT educational experience is a unique blend of rigor and imagination, of specialization and perspective, of intellect and practice.

The General Education Framework is the foundation and a signature curriculum for the Institute and impacts all students and programs. There is a campus-wide focus on understanding and conceptualizing how RIT constituent groups and programs contribute to student learning and development with respect to general education.

After highly collaborative and extensive reviews, the following General Education Student Learning Outcomes were developed and aligned to RIT’s General Education Framework:

Essential Elements of General Education Courses
Each course provides opportunities for students to demonstrate at least one of the following student learning outcomes:
Communication Express oneself effectively in common college-level written forms using standard American English
Revise and improve written products
Express oneself effectively in presentations, either in American English or American Sign Language 
Demonstrate comprehension of information and ideas accessed through reading
Critical Thinking
Use relevant evidence gathered through accepted scholarly methods and properly acknowledge sources of information
Analyze or construct arguments considering their premises, assumptions, contexts, and conclusions, and anticipating counterarguments
Reach sound conclusions based on logical analysis of evidence
Demonstrate creative or innovative approaches to assignments or projects
Perspective Domains
The seven Perspective categories promote different ways of knowing about the world. Courses in these categories will introduce students to fundamentals of liberal arts and sciences (methods, concepts, and theories) while emphasizing general education student learning outcomes.
Ethical Identify contemporary ethical questions and relevant positions
Artistic Interpret and evaluate artistic expression considering the cultural context in which it was created
Global Examine connections among the world’s populations
Social Analyze similarities and differences in human experiences and consequent perspectives
Scientific Principles Demonstrate knowledge of basic principles and concepts of one of the natural sciences OR Apply methods of scientific inquiry and problem solving to contemporary issues
Natural Science Inquiry Demonstrate knowledge of basic principles and concepts of one of the natural sciences AND Apply methods of scientific inquiry and problem solving to contemporary issues
Mathematical Comprehend and evaluate mathematical or statistical information AND Perform college-level mathematical operations or apply statistical techniques