Office of Institutional Effectiveness
Georgia Southern University

General Education

The Office of Institutional Effectiveness supports the University’s overall engagement in ongoing assessment activities of the General Education Program. The mission of the General Education Program is to maximize the student learning opportunities underlying the experience of all undergraduate students while providing a component of breadth in undergraduate programs. Through the review of ongoing curricular efforts and the constant enhancement of the undergraduate curriculum, the General Education Program supports Georgia Southern University’s strategic plan to enhance Academic Excellence and increase Student Success.

Georgia Southern University has identified the following general education outcomes which it seeks to instill in all its graduates. The outcomes include additional text that serves to reflect overall curricular and extra-curricular efforts and not represent prescriptive expectations.

1. CRITICAL ANALYSIS AND SYNTHESIS OF INFORMATION
Students are able to critically analyze and synthesize information before taking a position or drawing a conclusion.

2. EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION
Students are able to demonstrate competence in communication through various genres using language, conventions, organization, supporting evidence, and content appropriate to the purpose and audience.

3. ETHICAL AND INFORMED DECISION MAKING
Students are able to consider alternate points of view that contribute to ethical conduct.

4. HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES
Students are able to analyze artifacts, events, concepts or themes within the context of an evolving and diverse human experience.

5. PROBLEM-SOLVING ABILITY
Students are able to identify problems, evaluate their potential for resolution, and implement a strategy to address real-world situations.

6. QUALITY OF LIFE
Students participate in intellectual and physical activities that contribute to lifelong learning and wellness.

7. RESPONSIBLE CITIZENSHIP
Students apply cognitive, affective, or behavioral skills sets to support civil and informed interactions in a variety of cultural contexts.

8. SCIENTIFIC AND QUANTITATIVE REASONING
Students are able to demonstrate, as appropriate, either scientific methods of inquiry or quantitative reasoning to explain, discover, or predict phenomena.

9. INFORMATION LITERACY
Students are able to access, evaluate, and use information effectively and ethically to accomplish a specific purpose.

Last updated: 8/11/2016

Office of Institutional Effectiveness • PO Box 8080 Statesboro, GA 30460 • (912) 478-2484 • assessment@georgiasouthern.edu