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Committee for the Assessment of Student Learning in General Education (CASL-GE)


The Committee for the Assessment of Student Learning, General Education (CASL-GE) is responsible for coordinating General Education (GE) assessment and reporting activities on the NMSU main campus. GE assessment will be a requirement for periodic re-certification of GE courses. The CASL-GE works collaboratively with the system-wide General Education Course Certification Committee. 

Membership of the Committee for the Assessment of Student Learning in General Education.
Name  Department College/GE Area
John Hartley Hotel Restaurant & Tourism Management Agriculture, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences
Jeanne Flora Communication Studies Area I (A&S)
Mary Ballyk Mathematical Sciences Area II (A&S)
Carlos Posadas Criminal Justice Area IV (A&S)
Tauna Cole-Dorn Art Area V & VI (A&S)
Randy McFerrin Economics & International Business Business
Henrietta Pichon Educational Leadership & Administration Health, Education & Social Transformation
Rolfe Sassenfeld Engineering Technology Engineering
Cynthia Kratzke Public Health Sciences Health, Education & Social Transformation
Laura Grant (ex-officio) Office of the Provost
Calixto Melero (ex-officio) Institutional Analysis
David Smith (ex-officio) Director of Assessment Office of the Provost
Provost (ex-officio) Office of the Provost
Name Department Role/Represents

Updated on May 16, 2022. 

Agendas & Record of Meetings 

The CASL-GE committee did not meet during the 2021-22 academic year, but will resume regular meetings in the Fall of 2022. 

Spring 2019 Critical Thinking Assessment

During Spring 2019, the CASL-GE administered “Fukushima Flowers”, a baseline assessment of the evidence evaluation component of the critical-thinking essential skill. The assessment activity was completed by over 500 students enrolled across 13 different Viewing a Wider World (VWW) courses. Students enrolled in VWW courses have generally completed the bulk of their lower-division GE coursework. The process served as a baseline assessment since essential skill instruction was not yet a specific requirement for lower-division GE courses prior to the 2019-20 academic year. Student work was evaluated by a team of 12 GE faculty from across a variety of disciplines and analyzed by the NMSU Office of Institutional Analysis. An Open Forum for discussion of findings of the assessment, scheduled for Spring 2020, was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.