The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s (UHM) General Education Office (GEO) and
General Education Committee (GEC) are committed to the assessment of student achievement of
the General Education (Gen Ed) learning outcomes. The Gen Ed outcomes describe the
knowledge, skills, and competencies that all UHM undergraduates should attain regardless of
major in support of UHM’s mission of providing a “flexible and diverse multidisciplinary
curriculum” (University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, 2019, General Education Goals para. 2). These
outcomes are currently achieved through courses that have received Gen Ed Foundations,
Diversification and Focus designations. This document describes a proposed plan for assessing
the Gen Ed Program that aims to be “meaningful, manageable and sustainable” (Allen, 2006, p.
18). The document describes a continual process of collecting data on student outcomes,
evaluation of these data, and a procedure for recommending responses by the GEO and UHM
faculty. These assessment activities are essential for enabling the UHM Gen Ed Program to
continuously improve while adapting to changing learning needs and educational approaches.
Allen, M. J. (2006). Assessing general education programs. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.