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Enhancing Coherence in General Education and Transfer

Authors: Michael Gress, Barry Alford, Joan Hawthorne, Tom Steen


These slides are an excerpt from a workshop at AAC&U’s 2009 Conference on General Education and Assessment, “Using Student Artifacts to Enhance Coherence in General Education and Transfer.” It proposes an alternative method for addressing coherence in general education and in transfer—a shift from instruction paradigm structures to a learning paradigm that uses samples of student work to engage in dialogue about educational quality.

It includes schematics for General Education and Learning Outcomes at Mid-Michigan Community College, an institution in a large state system that has developed shared criteria to enable students to achieve learning outcomes at the two-year level, while preparing them (and qualifying them) for transfer within the system.