Basic Skills of General Education
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Frostburg
State University’s accrediting agency, includes the assessment of
general education in its eligibility requirements and accreditation standards:
"The institution’s curricula are designed
so that students acquire and demonstrate college-level proficiency in
general education and essential skills, including at least oral and
written communication, scientific and quantitative reasoning, critical
analysis and reasoning, and technological competency." - Characteristics
of Excellence. 2009. Middle States Commission
As part of FSU's Undergraduate Education Initiative (UEI),
the University has identified seven basic skills to be acquired as part
of FSU's general education program. FSU's Basic
Skills Overview summarizes established benchmarks and methods of measurement for each skill.
links below provide details on assessment as established by the UEI:
Information Literacy -
A set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information
is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively
the needed information.
- The process of people using verbal and nonverbal messages to generate
meanings within and across various contexts, cultures, channels, and
- The ability to apply basic concepts and understand issues relating
to number or quantity.
- The ability to logically solve problems through the application of
the scientific method.
- The ability to apply knowledge to practical purposes through electronic
or digital products and systems.
- Communication through strong, organized thesis formulation and support;
clear, concise, coherent language; and awareness of audience and purpose.
- Critical Thinking -
Reflective, self-directed thinking about questions, problems, and decisions
both inside and outside of the classroom.