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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:

General Education Framework General Education Student Learning Outcomes
Foundation 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 spoken standard American English or sign language (ASL or English-based Signing)
Comprehend information accessed through reading and discussion
Use relevant evidence gathered through accepted scholarly methods and properly acknowledge sources of information
Describe the potential and the limitations of technology
Social Analyze similarities and differences in human experiences and consequent perspectives
Global Examine connections among the world’s populations
Ethical Identify contemporary ethical questions and relevant positions
Scientific Principles Demonstrate knowledge of basic principles and concepts of one of the natural sciences
Natural Inquiry of Science Apply methods of scientific inquiry and problem solving to contemporary issues
Mathematical Comprehend and evaluate mathematical or statistical information
Mathematical Perform college level mathematical operations or apply statistical techniques
Artistic Interpret and evaluate artistic expression considering the cultural context in which it was created