Periodic and Annual Reviews

Periodic Reviews

As per Faculty Senate approved criteria: A general education course coordinator, with assistance from faculty who teach the course will document and assess student learning based upon the proposed general education plan. Documentation of an assessment/course review will be uploaded every four years (see Tentative Timeline below). Use of annual reports and CGEIP feedback from the annual reports will be useful in preparing the periodic review. The periodic review will take place every four years; however, course coordinators should follow their course review process as indicated in the original proposal approved for admission into the MSU Revised General Education (beginning Fall 2014).

Information that will be included in your Periodic Review

  • Data discussed (student work, scores, a common question, etc.) for the Specific Learning Outcomes (SLOs) chosen for the course
    • Optional: Upload an assessment tool, assignment or other material that was used to assess student learning of general goal and specific learning outcome (to send these materials email it to Council on General Education and Intercollegiate Programs with the subject containing Periodic Review Attachment and the Course Code).
  • Reflection on the level of success in meeting each of the Specific Learning Outcomes (SLOs) the course covers (reflection should be approximately 250 words).
  • What changes did you make to the course based upon your reflection of the assessment? How was the original proposal modified or refined?
  • Discussion of how General Goal(s) are met, based on the reflection of the SLOs (approximately 150 words).
  • Syllabi for each instructor for the previous academic year (submitted as one PDF in an email attachment to Council on General Education and Intercollegiate Programs with the subject containing Periodic Review Syllabus and the Course Code).
  • Enrollment data summary. Reflect on the enrollment data that is provided to the Course Coordinators and Department Heads since the last periodic review. Do you see this maintaining the same, decreasing, increasing? Explain your answer.

Periodic Review Form

Click on the link below to take you to the periodic review form in order to complete and submit it by your due date in the Timeline listed below.

Periodic Review

Period Review Timeline

Foundations area courses – Spring 2021

  • First-Year Seminar, Written Communications & Information Literacy, and Oral Communication (Due: February 15, 2021)
  • Quantitative Literacy and Written Communication & Integrative and Applied Learning (Due: March 15, 2021)

Breadth of Knowledge: Human Cultures – Spring 2022

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (Due: January 15, 2022)
  • Humanities (Due: February 15, 2022)
  • Arts (Due: March 15, 2022)

Breadth of Knowledge: Natural World – Spring 2019

  • Life Sciences (Due: January 15, 2019)
  • Physical Sciences (Due: February 15, 2019)

Breadth of Knowledge: Public Affairs – Spring 2020

  • US & MO Constitutions/American History & Institutions (Due: January 15, 2020)
  • Cultural Competence (Due: February 15, 2020)
  • Public Issues (Due: March 15, 2020)

CGEIP will review the submitted material and discuss it in the month(s) following the due date of the periodic review. CGEIP will then provide the Course Coordinator and Department Head comments on their periodic review submission.

General Education Annual Report Process

The process described on this page corresponds to the modified reporting protocols being piloted by CGEIP during the 2019–2020 academic year (with approval from Faculty Senate). In this modified reporting process, annual reports and biennial reviews will be replaced by biennial reports. Reports will be required for courses in the Natural World and Public Affairs areas this year (December 6, 2021 due date). No reports are required for Natural World or Public Affairs.

Information that will be included in your report

A general education course coordinator, with assistance from faculty who teach the course, will prepare a report that includes:

  • Identification of faculty who participated in the course review.
  • A list of the General Goals in the course’s focus area (checklist provided in the report form).
  • A description to connections between the course’s learning goals and the selected General Goals (from the list of general education goals corresponding to the courses’ focus).  
  • An explanation of how students’ success at meeting those goals was evaluated, e.g., evaluation of common exam questions, assignments, projects, etc., that tie into the goals).
    • Note that the focus is now on the General Goal(s), not on the Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) in the Senate-approved guidelines for assessments.
    • This is intended to give course coordinators and faculty much flexibility to decide how to evaluate their courses and to select assessment points to best fit the course’s discipline.
  • An assessment of student learning, i.e., a description of students’ performance relative to the general education learning goals. Documentation of student learning with respect to the course’s General Goal(s) is the key point of the report!
  • A reflection on the course’s success at meeting the General Goal(s). Where was the course most successful? Were there any areas of weakness?
  • What are the plans for the course going forward?  What should remain the same?  What might be adjusted to improve student learning?
  • A representative syllabus from the course.
  • Optional responses:
    • If applicable, a description of ways that diversity content is included in the course (assignments, projects, etc., that tie into the goals).
    • A description of any assessment methods (e.g., rubrics) that might be applicable to other courses and that you would be willing to share.
    • Information about general education content in dual credit courses.

Mechanics of the reporting process

  • This year’s reports are due on December 6, 2021.
    • Reports are due only for Natural World and Public Affairs courses.
    • No reports will be required this year for Natural World and Public Affairs courses.
  • Accessing the report form:
    • The report form resides within Office 365.  When you click on the link below, you will need to log into Office 365, and for that you will need to enter your, NOT your regular campus email address.  Your password will be the normal one used for other campus logins.
    • Link for report form: General Education Course Report
  • Filling in the report:
    • Note:  The form may receive some “cosmetic” changes, e.g., changing “Annual Report” to “Biennial Report”, etc.  The body of those reports will be identical, so do not be concerned if you have been working with a report form that has a few items labeled differently.
    • The report form does not allow you to save a partially completed form and return to it later. It would be best if you initially enter your responses into a Word document and then cut and paste those into the form when you are ready.
    • Alternately, you can right-click on the report and use Save As to save the webpage form to a folder, and enter your answers into that. You will still need to copy and paste your responses to the form in Office 365. The saved file appears identical to the one in Office 365, but it does not allow you to submit the report.
  • Report examples
  • Submitting the report.
    • There is a Submit button at the end of the report form.