2011-2012 Brenau University Catalog 
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2011-2012 Brenau University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Information and Programs-Undergraduate

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General Academic Plan - Bachelor  - Bachelor’s Degrees (Liberal Education / majors / general electives)

General Academic Plan - Associate’s Degree 

Academic Portal Information 

Academic Assessment Information


Brenau University is committed to excellence and integrity in its academic programs and consequently has developed plans for assessing Liberal Education learning outcomes as well as the expected learning outcomes of each degree program.

Specific assessment plans and annual reports for each major are maintained on the web site of the Office of Academic Assessment. The academic majors determine and administer their own evaluations of their major field learning outcomes through capstone experiences, major field achievement tests, juried performances or other evaluation methods. The Office of Academic Assessment coordinates the periodic administration of the Measure of Academic Proficiency and Progress and occasional surveys, focus group discussions and institutional evaluations of writing, critical thinking or other cross curricular skills. The Office of Institutional Research and Planning periodically administers the National Survey of Student Engagement as well as alumni and advising surveys. Results of these assessment and research activities are distributed to the academic administration and the faculty to provide them additional data in support of program planning and instructional, curricular and support service improvement.

Assessment of the Liberal Education program outcomes is coordinated through the college deans, the faculty Liberal Education Committee and the Office of Academic Assessment. All courses in the LE curriculum assure assessment of the relevant LE learning outcome and collect evidence of student performance on those assessment activities.

Core Competency Associated Portal Definition
Writing & Speaking Communication & Language Fluency Students will be able to express themselves with written and oral communication.
Quantitative/Reasoning Skills Scientific & Analytic Curiosity Students will be able to think critically, analyzing issues and situations to arrive at reasonable conclusions.
Global Perspective World Understanding Students will be aware of global issues and their significance.
Creativity/ Artistic Expression Artistic & Creative Imagination Students will appreciate artistry and be able to express themselves creatively.

Students’ Role and Responsibilities in Institutional Assessment  In support of continual program improvement and enhanced student learning, Brenau reserves the right to require all students enrolled in academic programs to complete standardized tests or other assessment instruments administered by the institution. Students will be given appropriate notice of dates and locations for such testing. In the case of overall institutional testing and in certain majors, completion of these tests may constitute a graduation requirement.

In the Women’s College, an Assessment Day is held Spring Semester and designated annually on the university master calendar. It provides an opportunity for students to participate in institutional and major field assessment activities outside of the classroom setting. Attendance is required of all full time enrolled Women’s College students, residential or commuting / undergraduate or graduate. Brenau reserves the option of holding future registration for non-attendance; therefore, students are reminded to make necessary arrangements with employers and child care providers well in advance as they would for any required class.

With the Undergraduate School, including online and evening/weekend at all Brenau locations, Assessment Week is scheduled likewise in late March to allow for the administration of any institution-wide assessments as well as major field assessments in appropriate classes.