Student Learning Outcomes of the General Education Program

The General Education Program teaches the skills and knowledge needed to intelligently participate in public discourse.  Mastery of critical content and the development of skills occur concurrently in all General Education courses.


Click HERE to see the definitions of all of the skills goals.

Click on each of the goals below to see the corresponding rubric.

For a file containing all rubrics, click HERE.



Foundations - The major areas of human investigation and accomplishment: the arts, the humanities, the mathematical sciences, the natural sciences, and the social sciences. A generally educated person is able to understand a variety of disciplinary perspectives, their respective contributions to the growth of human knowledge, and the various approaches through which knowledge is generated, tested, and used.

Cultures - An understanding of one's own culture and the culture of others. A generally educated person is able to comprehend and respond constructively to the world's diversity, a diversity manifested not only in ideas and ways of knowing, but also in populations and cultures. As citizens of the United States, students should be familiar with our pluralistic heritage. As citizens of the world, students should be knowledgeable about cultures and perspectives different from their own.

Issues - An understanding of how academic study connects to issues in the world. A generally educated person is able to think in broad terms and see connections in the world. Preparing for responsible citizenship requires that students become conscious of both complementary and competing viewpoints and recognize that any issue or problem can be viewed from multiple perspectives. (Issues courses must be taken at GVSU.)