General Education Assessment Advisory Council

The General Education Assessment Advisory Council (GEAAC) was established in 2018 to provide guidance and support to RIT’s general education assessment processes and practices.

RIT’s general education curriculum is an essential learning experience, and the framework articulates the student learning outcomes that complement more specialized learning in the degree programs and help prepare students for successful careers and lives of purpose.

A faculty-driven assessment model lies at the heart of RIT’s high quality assessment practices, and faculty engagement is critical to the success of improving teaching and learning and ensuring that the process is meaningful. The council consists of a cross-disciplinary team all with a vested interest in students’ achievement of RIT’s general education student learning outcomes. 


RIT’s general education assessment practices have expanded significantly over the last ten years. GEAAC will serve in an advisory capacity to the Office of Educational Effectiveness Assessment to support and enhance the general education assessment processes with a goal of improving student learning and teaching.

Council members will provide guidance related to aspects of assessment practices including: sampling methods, data analysis, faculty recruitment and development, faculty resources, university-wide communication, and the use of results to improve student learning. The GEAAC co-chairs will provide an annual update to the General Education Committee.


  • Collaborate on ways to share the value and benefits of the assessment process.
  • Provide advisement on scaling-up and implementing RIT’s General Education Assessment Plan (including international locations) with a focus on meaningful, manageable, and sustainable assessment practices.
  • Provide recommendations to improve sampling methodology, data collection procedures, faculty recruitment, and assessment resources.
  • Provide recommendations on using data to demonstrate student learning and achievement of the outcomes and improve aspects of pedagogy

Council Members

The following members provide expertise and are involved in some aspect of general education assessment

Leah Bradley
Director of Educational Effectiveness Assessment
Office of Educational Effectiveness Assessment
Academic Affairs
Kirsten Condry
Interim Associate Dean
Dean’s Office
College of Liberal Arts
Elizabeth Hane
Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences
College of Science
Matthew Houdek
Senior Lecturer
University Writing Program
Academic Affairs
Jakob Patekar
Associate Dean for Research and General Education
RIT Croatia
Elizabeth Reeves O'Connor
Principal Lecturer
School of Communication
College of Liberal Arts
Jennifer Schneider
Eugene Fram Chair
Office of the Provost and Senior VP for Academic Affairs
Academic Affairs
Sarah Thompson
Associate Professor
School of Art
College of Art and Design