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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Office of Institutional Planning, Research and Assessment

GE Category 7 Rubric

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/assessment/gened/GEAssessCat7.html

Category 7: Human Diversity

Goal: To increase students' understandings of  individual and group differences, of the contributions of pluralism to United States society and culture, and of the historical and contemporary responses of the United States to group differences.

Objectives/Outcomes:
Following the Completion of Category 7 of the General Education Program, students can:
1. Understand the development of and the changing meanings of group identities in the United States' history and culture.
2. Demonstrate an awareness of the individual and institution dynamics of unequal power relations between groups in contemporary society.
3. Analyze and evaluate their own attitudes, behaviors, concepts, and beliefs regarding diversity, racism, and bigotry.
4. Describe and discuss the experience and contributions of the many groups that shape American society and culture, in particular those groups which have suffered discrimination and exclusion.
5. Demonstrate communication skills necessary for living and working effectively in a society with great population diversity.

Population:

Sample sections of Category 7 general education courses.

Who does the Assessment?

Category 7 Course Instructor's Assessment Group

Assessment Rubric for O/O #1: Understand the development of and the changing meanings of group identities in the United States' history and culture.

1 Student will be able to identify a group which claims a unique identity in the United States
2 Student will be able to describe the development of a group which claims a unique identity in the United States
3 Student will be able to describe the development of a group which claims a unique identity in the United States, and will also be able to trace the changes in the meaning of group identity

Level of Mastery
For year 1, baseline data will be gathered

Assessment Rubric for O/O #2: Demonstrate an awareness of the individual and institution dynamics of unequal power relations between groups in contemporary society.

1 Student will be able to identify an unequal power relationship in contemporary society
2 Student will be able to offer a definition of individual and institutional dynamics of unequal power relations between groups in contemporary society
3 Student wll be able to discuss one example of unequal power relations between groups in contemporary society, focusing on both the individual and institutional dynamics involved.
4 Student will be able to compare and contrast at least two examples of of unequal power relations between groups in contemporary society, focusing on both the individual and institutional dynamics involved.

Level of Mastery
For year 1, baseline data will be gathered

Assessment Rubric for O/O #3: Analyze and evaluate their own attitudes, behaviors, concepts, and beliefs regarding diversity, racism, and bigotry.

1 Student will be able to describe his or her own attitudes, behaviors, concepts, and beliefs regarding diversity, racism, and bigotry.
2 Student will be able to analyze and evaluate possible contributing elements which shaped his or her own attitudes, behaviors, concepts, and beliefs regarding diversity, racism, and bigotry.

Level of Mastery
For year 1, baseline data will be gathered

Assessment Rubric for O/O #4: Describe and discuss the experience and contributions of the many groups that shape American society and culture, in particular those groups which have suffered discrimination and exclusion.

1 Student will be able to describe the experience and contributions to American society and culture of at least one group.
2 Student will be able to describe the experience and contributions to American society and culture of at least one group which has been or currently is suffering from discrimination and exclusion.
3 Student will be able to describe the experience and contributions to American society and culture of at least two groups, both of which have been or currently are suffering from discrimination and exclusion.
4 Student will be able to describe the experience and contributions to American society and culture of at least two groups, both of which have been or currently are suffering from discrimination and exclusion, and then compare those experiences and contributions to a group which has not suffered discrimination and exclusion.

Level of Mastery
For year 1, baseline data will be gathered

Assessment Rubric for O/O #5: Demonstrate communication skills necessary for living and working effectively in a society with great population diversity.

1 Student will be able to describe effective skills for communication between different groups.
2 Student will be able to demonstrate effective skills for communication between different groups.

Level of Mastery
For year 1, baseline data will be gathered