General Education Director
820 Campus Drive,
Big Rapids, MI 49307
With the implementation of the revised General Education program, Ferris State University is beginning to step away from its historic use of a course-based approach. The emphasis of General Education is now placed upon demonstrated student abilities in eight broad competency areas. Course-level student achievement will be primarily evaluated using embedded class assignments. Each of these eight competency areas are defined using several specific terms:
Competency: Competencies are broad areas of student proficiency that are evaluated as a part of the General Education program. The eight core competencies used at Ferris State University were derived from the AAC&U guidelines.
Operational Definition: Operational definitions are brief statements clarifying how the competencies are operationalized at Ferris.
Hallmark of a Bulldog: Hallmarks are clear statements of what our graduates will be able to do as a consequence of attaining the competency.
Relevance: The hallmarks are followed by a brief explanation of why these particular competencies are important for our graduates in their lives and careers.
Ferris Learning Outcomes (FLOs): The learning outcomes for the competencies are the means by which student proficiency is determined. The degree of ability in these outcomes is evaluated using a four-level analytic rubric that was derived from the AAC&U VALUE rubrics.