MyCore Assessment

MyCore Assessment


The General Education Council, in collaboration with the Office of Planning and Assessment, is charged with assessing BU’s general education program. Departments are charged with collecting and reviewing data. Policy 3612, the general education policy, clarifies these responsibilities:

  • All assessment data must be collected and reviewed by the appropriate academic departments. Data must be submitted annually to the Office of Planning and Assessment.
  • The General Education Council, in collaboration with the Director of the Office of Planning and Assessment, determines the effectiveness of the General Education program and makes recommendations.
    (PRP 3612 — General Education Requirements)

The mechanisms by which the general education program is assessed are being established as the General Education Council, departments, and the Office of Planning and Assessment refine the general education program and test assessment measures — both for data collection and for analysis and reporting. Permanent policies have not yet been finalized.

Fall 2014: Collecting General Education Assessment Data

General Education Assessment for the Fall 2014 semester will focus on GE goals 1, 2 and 3 (Communication, Information Literacy, and Analytical & Quantitative Skills) in the 2014-2015 academic year. Only courses carrying General Education points (GEPs) in these goals and newly approved courses with GEPs being taught for the first time are to be assessed this year.

In order to assist you, a General Education Rubric tutorial can be found here.

  • Individual faculty members received an email near the beginning of the Fall 2014 semester with copies of the course rubric and master syllabus for each course he/she teaches which carries GEPs.
  • During the week of Nov. 17, 2014, the individual faculty will receive an email for each course he/she is teaching which carries General Education points, as well as the unique (separate) link assigned to each course.
  • Departments have three options for data entry in the General Education Assessment System

    Individual faculty can enter aggregate data for their course sections at once OR

    Departments can identify one person to enter aggregate data for ALL sections of a course at once OR

    If a department assessment coordinator is responsible for entering all General Education data for all courses, then they should contact Louis Kramarz (lkramarz@bloomu.edu; 570-389-4225) to receive all course rubric links.

  • Faculty will be prompted to verify the data entered before clicking the “submit” button. Once the data is submitted, the rubric link becomes “inactive." If a faculty member becomes locked out of the rubric, please contact Jerrold Harris for another link (jharris@bloomu.edu).
  • If a faculty member needs to resubmit course assessment data due to an error, Louis Kramarz must be contacted to provide assistance (lkramarz@bloomu.edu 389-4225).
  • The deadline for Fall 2014 submissions is Friday, Dec. 17, by 5 p.m.
  • If a faculty member needs to submit data after the deadline, please notify Jerrold Harris, Ph.D., by email (jharris@bloomu.edu).

More information is available under GEC Operating Procedures.

Summer 2014: Collecting General Education Assessment Data (Year Two Pilot)

The Bloomsburg University Administration, through the Office of the Provost, is requesting your assistance in completing the final stage of the General Education assessment pilot, ending with the summer session. Departments teaching courses which carry General Education Points (GEPs) are asked to collect and submit General Education course and co-curricular learning experience data. Summer assessment data are important to ensuring the quality of student learning in the context of a condensed, intensive schedule.

Submission Deadlines for Assessment Data

  • Session 1 — Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, by 5 p.m.
  • Session 2 — Thursday, July 3, 2014, by 5 p.m.
  • Session 3 — Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, by 5 p.m.

Departments have three options for data entry in the General Education Assessment System.

  • Individual faculty can enter aggregate data for their course sections at once OR
  • Departments can identify one person to enter aggregate data for ALL sections of a course at once OR
  • If a department assessment coordinator is responsible for entering all General Education data for all courses, then he/she should contact Louis Kramarz (lkramarz@bloomu.edu; 570-389-4225) to receive all course rubric links.

If a faculty member needs to submit data after the deadline, please notify Jerrold Harris, Ph.D., by email (jharris@bloomu.edu).

Spring 2014 Department Summary Form for General Education Data Analysis

On Feb. 17, Ralph Feather, Chair of the General Education Council, and the General Education Council sent out an announcement stating that Bloomsburg departments and faculty that are involved with General Education Courses complete the Departmental Summary Form for General Education Data Reflection. The summary and “reflection” are based on the General Education Assessment Data obtained during the General Education Comprehensive Pilot Study for Fall 2012 through Fall 2013.

Since the purpose of assessment is improving student learning, the general education data must be examined by faculty who teach and are in the position to make sense of it—that is, the data should be analyzed by the relevant academic departments. The assessment summary also becomes a valuable resource for a department’s five-year review and accreditation process when required. Departments’ summaries are due Friday, May 10.

What the General Education Council is asking departments to do with their own data?

  • Have a departmental conversation about the data. Questions provided on page 2 may be helpful in starting the departmental conversation. A person or committee might do the initial analysis, but everyone should be involved in the discussion at some point. For example, faculty teaching different sections of the same course may discuss the data from that course, and share the conclusions from that course assessment with the whole department.
  • Consider what the data suggest about action to be taken—in instruction, curriculum, course structure or description, or assessment practice.
  • Write a short summary using the form provided on page 3 for yourselves (as part of your department assessment plan) and to provide the GEC with some feedback to help us help you in the future. Please make sure the summary is shared with all faculty in your department.
  • If you have questions regarding the process, please contact Ralph Feather (rfeather@bloomu.edu or 389-4276). Or if you need assistance with posting your summary document in TracDat contact Jerrold Harris (jharris@bloomu.edu or 389-4080).

    Spring 2014: Collecting Spring General Education Course Data (Year Two Pilot)

    All General Education course assessment data for Spring 2014 is entered through a Qualtrics rubric link. Please use these to familiarize yourself with the assessment rubric and the evaluation process.

    In order to assist you, a General Education Rubric tutorial can be found here.

    1. Individual faculty members received an email at the beginning of the Spring 2014 semester with copies of the course rubric and master syllabus for each course he/she teaches which carries GEPs

    2. During the week of April 28, 2014, the individual faculty will receive an email for each course he/she is teaching which carries General Education points, as well as the unique (separate) link assigned to each course.

    3. Departments have three options for data entry in the General Education Assessment System

    • Individual faculty can enter aggregate data for their course sections at once OR
    • Departments can identify one person to enter aggregate data for ALL sections of a course at once OR
    • If a department assessment coordinator is responsible for entering all General Education data for all courses, then he/she should contact Louis Kramarz (lkramarz@bloomu.edu; 570-389-4225) to receive all course rubric links.

    4. Faculty will be prompted to verify the data entered before clicking the “submit” button. Once the data is submitted, the rubric link becomes “inactive." If a faculty member becomes locked out of the rubric, please contact Jerrold Harris for another link (jharris@bloomu.edu).

    5. If a faculty member needs to resubmit course assessment data due to an error, Louis Kramarz must be contacted to provide assistance (lkramarz@bloomu.edu 389-4225).

    6. The deadline for Spring 2014 submissions is Friday, May 16, by 4:30 p.m.

    7. If a faculty member needs to submit data after the deadline, please notify Jerrold Harris, Ph.D., by email (jharris@bloomu.edu).

    As you know, the GE assessment pilot began with the Fall 2012 semester and ends with the Spring 2014 semester. The GEC will implement the 5-year GE Assessment Plan beginning Fall 2014. More information on this is available under GEC Operating Procedures

    Winter 2013: Collecting Fall General Education Course Data (Year Two Pilot)

    The General Education Council and the Office of Planning and Assessment (OPA) are piloting a new method for submitting General Education course data. In the past, the department chairs received the course rubric links and then disseminated the links to the appropriate faculty. To streamline the dissemination of the course assessment rubric links, the following steps have been put in place for the Winter 2013 session.

    1. Individual faculty members received an email at the beginning of the session with copies of the course rubric and master syllabus for each general education course he/she teaches.

    2. During the week of Dec. 16, 2013, the individual faculty will receive an email for each course he/she is teaching which carries General Education points, as well as the unique (separate) link assigned to each GE course.

    3. Departments have three options for data entry in the General Education Assessment System

    • Individual faculty can enter aggregate data for their course sections at once OR
    • Departments can identify one person to enter aggregate data for ALL sections of a course at once OR
    • If a department assessment coordinator is responsible for entering all General Education data for all courses, then he/she should contact Mr. Louis Kramarz (lkramarz@bloomu.edu; 570-389-4225) to receive all course rubric links.

    4. Faculty will be prompted to verify the data entered before clicking the “submit” button. Once the data is submitted, the rubric link becomes “inactive."

    5. If a faculty member needs to resubmit course assessment data due to an error, Louis Kramarz must be contacted to provide assistance.

    6. The deadline for Winter 2013 submissions is Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, by 5 p.m.

    7. If a faculty member needs to submit data after the deadline, please notify Jerrold Harris, Ph.D., by email (jharris@bloomu.edu).

    Fall 2013: Collecting Fall General Education Course Data (Year Two Pilot)

    The General Education Council and the Office of Planning and Assessment (OPA) are piloting a new method for submitting General Education course data. In the past, the department chairs received the course rubric links and then disseminated the links to the appropriate faculty. To streamline the dissemination of the course assessment rubric links, the following steps have been put in place for the Fall 2013 semester.

    1. Individual faculty members received an email at the beginning of the semester with copies of the course rubric and master syllabus for each general education course he/she teaches.

    2. Department chairs received an email after the semester began with a listing of GE courses and the assigned instructors for those courses. The chairs were requested to review this information and inform OPA of any course or instructor changes by Sept. 12, 2013.

    3. During the week of Nov. 4, 2013, the individual faculty will receive an email for each General Education course he/she is teaching, as well as the unique (separate) link assigned to each GE course.

    4. Departments have three options for data entry in the General Education Assessment System

    • Individual faculty can enter aggregate data for their course sections at once OR
    • Departments can identify one person to enter aggregate data for ALL sections of a course at once OR
    • If a department assessment coordinator is responsible for entering all General Education data for all courses, then he/she should contact Louis Kramarz (lkramarz@bloomu.edu; 570-389-4225) to receive all course rubric links.

    5. Faculty will be prompted to verify the data entered before clicking the “submit” button. Once the data is submitted, the rubric link becomes “inactive."

    6. If a faculty member needs to resubmit course assessment data due to an error, Louis Kramarz must be contacted to provide assistance.

    7. The deadline for Fall 2013 submissions is Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, by 4 p.m.

    8. If a faculty member needs to submit data after the deadline, please notify Jerrold Harris, Ph.D., by email (jharris@bloomu.edu).

Summer 2013: Collecting Summer General Education Course Data (Pilot Year)

The General Education Council and the Office of Planning and Assessment (OPA) are piloting a new method for submitting General Education course data beginning Summer 2013. In the past the department chairs received the course rubric links and then disseminated the links to the appropriate faculty.

Beginning with Summer Sessions

  • The individual faculty member will receive an email for each course he/she is teaching. This email will contain a separate link assigned to a specific GE course.
  • Faculty will enter their course data. If the faculty member is teaching more than one section of the course, he/she will be able to enter the aggregated data for their sections of that course.
  • Faculty will be prompted to verify the data entered before clicking the “submit” button. Once the data is submitted, the rubric link becomes “inactive."
  • If a faculty member needs to resubmit course assessment data due to an error, Mr. Louis Kramarz must be contacted to provide assistance.

Departments have three options for data entry in the General Education Assessment System

  • Individual faculty can enter aggregate data for their course sections at once OR
  • Departments can identify one person to enter aggregate data for ALL sections of a course at once OR
  • If a department assessment coordinator is responsible for entering all General Education data, then he/she should contact Louis Kramarz (lkramarz@bloomu.edu; 389-4225) to receive course rubric links.

The deadline dates for submissions are as follows:

  • Session I Summer 2013 data is Aug. 14, 2013, by 4 p.m.
  • Session II Summer 2013 data is July 9, 2013, by 4 p.m.
  • Session III Summer 2013 data is Aug. 14, 2013, by 4 p.m.
  • If a faculty member needs to submit data after the deadline, email Sheila Jones (sjones@bloomu.edu).

Assistance with reporting data can be found through the VALUE Rubrics Tutorial

Spring 2013

1. Analyzing Fall 2012 data:

  • Aggregated Fall 2012 results were posted to TracDat, a data repository used at BU to store assessment information. Information about TracDat can be found through the “Qualtrics and TracDat” link above. The data were presented in six formats; an explanation of these formats is included in the March 2013 memorandum to departments.
  • Departments need to complete their first annual summary on their general education offerings, submit it to the Gen Ed Council, and post it to TracDat. Guidance on understanding the data tables, suggestions for discussion questions, and a template for the short (
  • The General Education Council will review the assessment data from Fall 2012. This review will not examine department-specific data (the March 2013 memorandum to departments explains the data the GEC will examine), but will focus holistically on the MyCore program and its assessment processes. The General Education Council will hold a meeting focused on these issues, and informed by departmental reports, in the fall of 2013.

2. Collecting Spring 2013 data:

  • Again this spring semester of our pilot year, departments teaching general education courses will collect data from every section (and from every student unless they have an approved sampling plan), and the data will again be submitted through Qualtrics survey software. Assistance with reporting data can be found through the “MyCore VALUE Rubric Tutorial” link above. The deadline for submission of Spring 2013 data is May 24, 2013, by 5 p.m. If a department needs to submit data later, the department chair should contact the Office of Planning and Assessment by Monday, May 20, 2013.

Fall 2012

  • Fall 2012 was the pilot semester for MyCore assessment, and all courses carrying general education points were to be assessed. Participation was high: data were submitted for 92% of courses giving general education points.
  • Data were submitted by instructors or departments to the Office of Planning and Assessment through Qualtrics.
  • A three-minute MyCore VALUE Rubric Tutorial is available for department chairs and faculty. This tutorial shows faculty how to enter data into the General Education assessment system.
  • Departments have three options for data entry in General Education Assessment System.
      o Individual faculty can enter aggregate data for each course section separately OR
      o Individual faculty can enter aggregate data for multiple course sections at once OR
      o Your department can enter aggregate data for ALL course sections at one time

Louis Kramarz (lkramarz@bloomu.edu) at 570-389-4225 and Sheila Dove Jones (sjones@bloomu.edu) at 570-389-4027 are available to provide short training sessions and assistance for your department.