The Stevens General Education program establishes a set of educational outcomes which are tied to the Stevens mission. These outcomes are to be achieved by all Stevens undergraduates, irrespective of their degree program, thru successful completion of associated General Education courses.

1.0 General Education Learning Outcomes

The mission of Stevens Institute of Technology is:

To inspire, nurture and educate leaders in tomorrow’s technology-centric environment while contributing to the solution of the most challenging problems of our time.

The corresponding General Education outcomes that tie to this mission statement are:

  1. Graduates are Effective Communicators.
  2. Graduates have a Breadth of Knowledge in the Humanities, the Natural and Social Sciences
  3. Graduates have strong Critical Thinking and Quantitative Reasoning Skills.
  4. Graduates have basic Computer Literacy.
  5. Graduates are Leaders with an Entrepreneurial Mindset

These outcomes are illustrated in Figure 1.

 General Education Chart

Figure 1. General Education Overarching Outcomes (click to enlarge)

 

These outcomes are further elaborated as follows:

1. Graduates are Effective Communicators

1.1 Can create clear, concise and thorough written communications appropriate for the targeted audience.
1.2 Effective in public speaking, in speaking to small groups, and in speaking to individuals.

2. Graduates have a Breadth of Knowledge in the Humanities, the Natural and Social Sciences

2.1 Can demonstrate knowledge of fundamental concepts in specific topics related to the Humanities and Social Sciences.
2.2 Can demonstrate proficiency in evidence-based science by: making observations, constructing experiments, analyzing and interpreting data, and rigorously testing hypotheses.
2.3 Can apply ethical, historical, philosophical, and cultural perspectives to examine a given topic.

3. Graduates have strong Critical Thinking and Quantitative Reasoning Skills

3.1 Can formulate and solve optimization problems.
3.2 Can create and test statistical hypotheses.
3.3 Can apply Data Science to formulate and solve problems.

4. Graduates have a basic Computer Literacy

4.1 Given a problem, can sketch a solution design as pseudo-code or a flowchart.
4.2 Given a design, can implement as a program.
4.3 Can use an IDDE (Integrated Design & Development Environment) to create, debug and execute a program.

5. Graduates are Leaders with an Entrepreneurial Mindset

5.1 Is a leader who can identify opportunities and create extraordinary value.
5.2 Is a leader who can motivate teams establish plans, and manage conflicts within teams.
5.3 Is collaborative and inclusive; can contribute on diverse teams where the leadership role is shared.

These underlying outcomes are illustrated in Figure 2.

 

Figure 2. General Education Outcomes (click to enlarge)

 

2.0 Course Alignment with Outcomes

General Education has historically been managed at the offered course level by school and college faculty committees, with institute-level oversight. The courses that address the General Education program outcomes differ by school/college. The alignment between outcomes and courses are shown in Tables 1-4.  

3.0 Assessment and Evaluation Methodology

Achievement of program outcomes is demonstrated:

  • By direct assessment of students’ accomplishments of course outcomes, as determined by the course instructor, and
  • By indirect assessment using students’ self-perceptions, as indicated in the Student Survey.

These two numerical evaluations are recorded in the Student Performance Assessment Data (SPAD) form and are supplemented by the Instructor Course Evaluation (ICE) form. The ICE form is used by individual instructors to record planned improvements at the course level.

The aggregated data is used to plan and prioritize improvements at the program level.

Annually, a General Education Program Assessment report is compiled. The report contains recommendations for consideration of, and action by, faculty curriculum management committees in their continuous curriculum improvement deliberations.

Table 1. SES 

 

1.1

1.2

2.1

2.2

2.3

3.1

3.2

3.3

4.1

4.2

4.3

5.1

5.2

5.3

CAL 103

                     

CAL 105

 

 

                 

HUM Electives

 

 

                 
                             

Science:

                           

CH 115/CH 117, PEP 111/PEP 112, Sci Elec

   

                     

Economics:

                           

E 355` or BT 243 or BT 244

     

                   

Math:

                           

MA 121, 122, 123, 124

         

               

MA 222 or E 243

           

             

Computing:

                           

E 115 or CS 105

               

     

Design:

                           

E 121, E 122, E 231, E 232, E 321, E 423, E 424 Eng’g Design

                     

IDE 400/IDE 401/IDE 402 Innovation

                           

Entrepreneurship:

                           

MGT 103 Entrepreneurial Thinking

                     

 Table 2. SSE 

 

1.1

1.2

2.1

2.2

2.3

3.1

3

3.3

4.1

4.2

4.3

5.1

5.2

5.3

CAL 103

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAL 105

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HUM Electives

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Science:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CH 115/CH 117, PEP 111/PEP 112, Sci Elec

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Economics:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BT 243, BT 244

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E 355

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Math:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MA 121, 122, 123, 124

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E 243 or EM 365

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E 345 (ISE 345/EM 345/ SSW 345)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Computing:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E 115

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Design:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E 121

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E321

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ISE 350 Logistics & Supply Chain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IDE 400/IDE 401/IDE 402 Innovation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Entrepreneurship:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MGT 103 Entrepreneurial Thinking

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table 3.1. SoB - Business

 

1.1

1.2

2.1

2.2

2.3

3.1

3.2

3.3

4.1

4.2

4.3

5.1

5.2

5.3

CAL 103 – Writing and Communications Collq

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAL 105 – Knowledge, Nature, Culture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Humanities Elective 100-200

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Humanities Elective 300-400

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BT 243 Macroeconomics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BT 244 - Microeconomics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PEP 123 - Physics for B&T I

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Science Elective (Any Core Science Class)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MA 117 & 119 - Calculus and Finite Math

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BT 221 - Statistics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MIS 201 - Fundamentals of Info Systems

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CS 105 - Intro to Scientific Computing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BT 330 - Social Psychology & Org Behaviour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BT 372 - Entrepreneurship

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BT 411/412 - Senior Design I & II

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table 3-2. SoB - QF

 

1.1

1.2

2.1

2.2

2.3

3.1

3.2

3.3

4.1

4.2

4.3

5.1

5.2

5.3

CAL 103 – Writing and Communications Collq

                       

CAL 105 – Knowledge, Nature, Culture

     

                 

Humanities Elective 100-200

                       

Humanities Elective 300-400

                       

HPL 456 – Ethics of Business & Technology

 

                       

BT 244 - Microeconomics

     

                   

Science Elective (Any Core Science Class)

   

                   

MA 121/122, 123/124 – Calculus & Series

         

               

QF 101, 102 – Intro to QF I & II

                   

QF 112 – Statistics for QF

           

             

QF 104 – Data Management in R

           

             

CS 110 ,115, 135, 284, 385 – CS Core

             

       

QF 401/402 – Senior Design I & II

 

 

 

 

Table 4. CAL 

 

1.1

1.2

2.1

2.2

2.3

3.1

3.2

3.3

4.1

4.2

4.3

5.1

5.2

5.3

CAL 103

                     

CAL 105

 

 

                 

HUM Electives

 

 

                 

Computing Electives:

                           

CS 105, CS 115, HAR 271

               

     

Science Electives:

                           

PEP 151, PEP 123, PEP 124, BIO 281, EN 250, NANO 200, CE 240, CH 115, CH 116, PEP 111, PEP 112

     

                   

Math Electives:

                           

MA 117, MA 119, MA 120, MA 121, MA 122, MA 123, MA 124, BT 221