August 14, 2017

Assessment Reviews

Peer Review of Course Portfolios

Course portfolios will be reviewed by peers, to include Mason Core committee faculty, and faculty who teach Mason Core courses. Reviewers will use one rubric to evaluate the course syllabus for demonstration of student learning outcomes, the appropriateness of the course material for the Mason Core curriculum, and the appropriateness of the assignments or forms of assessment in relation to the learning outcomes. Reviewers will use a second rubric to assess student learning on the identified outcome(s). Reviews will take place in spring and summer 2018 and 2019, and January 2020 (see Assessment Schedule).

Syllabus Review Rubric

Syllabus Review Rubric used by Mason Core Committee

Student Learning Outcomes Rubrics

Rubrics will be reviewed, adopted, and/or created by the faculty planning committee for each Mason Core category. One rubric for the identified category will be used to assess student performance on learning outcomes for that category.

Fall 2017 Assessment

Global Understanding

Western Civilization and World History

Spring 2018 Assessment

Critical Thinking (for Synthesis and Capstone courses)

Written Communication (for Writing Intensive courses)

Fall 2018 Assessment

Mason Core Arts

Mason Core Literature

Mason Core Social and Behavioral Sciences

Spring 2019 Assessment

IT and Computing — will be posted in January 2019

Quantitative Reasoning — will be posted in January 2019


For more information about Mason Core Assessment, contact Stephanie Foster at