General Education Goals and Assessment


The General Education Program is designed to provide a broad base for learning both at the University of Michigan-Flint and after graduation. While the General Education Program offers students considerable flexibility in selecting courses, it has a set of common educational objectives for all students, and courses in the Program are designed to meet these objectives. The following goals focus on four areas: Integration into the Learning Community of the University of Michigan-Flint; Enhanced Communication Skills (written, verbal and non-verbal); Enhanced Breadth and Interconnectedness of Knowledge; and Engaged Citizenship (local to global). Courses in the General Education Program are designed to meet these goals, which exemplify qualities that prepare a liberally educated person for a successful and satisfying life. The General Education Program participates in the University-wide effort to assess its academic programs. Information on assessment plans, including goals, methods and outcomes is available at .

Please note that these assessment data documenting student learning may be used for research intended to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge regarding General Education. Any assessment data used for such research will be de-identified prior to analysis and that the results will only be reported in the aggregate. Students who wish to have their assessment data excluded from these research activities should contact the Associate Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Shelby Newport at

Integration into the Learning Community of the University of Michigan-Flint
1. Reflect on one's own learning processes
2. Demonstrate facility with research methods
3. Demonstrate the ability to think critically
4. Demonstrate the ability to think creatively

Enhanced Communication Skills: Written, Verbal and Non-Verbal
5. Produce competent written work
6. Participate in dialogue that involves respectful and careful listening
7. Use visual or non-verbal tools to enhance and decode messages

Enhanced Breadth and Interconnectedness of Knowledge
8. Demonstrate knowledge of culture and the arts, social structure and process, and the physical and natural world
9. Demonstrate knowledge of economics, finance, and quantitative literacy; health and well-being; and science and technology
10. Use multiple perspectives and methodologies to analyze real or hypothetical problems

Engaged Citizenship: Local to Global
11. Investigate the nature of citizenship
12. Apply knowledge to complex issues such as social justice, globalization, economic growth and distribution, environmental sustainability, public health, etc., in increasingly broad spheres of influence