Assessing Core Learning

The assessment of the General Education Core Curriculum has been carried out through a variety of cross-cutting approaches. The major initiatives related to assessment in general education are the General Education Assessment Project, the Standardized Testing of Undergraduate Learning, and the Assessment of First-Year Students Knowledge and Attitudes in Civics.


General Education Assessment Project

The General Education Assessment Project, recruited 50+ faculty members to re-conceptualize the learning outcomes and design assessments to measure student performance in each of the nine core areas of the general education program. Since then, instructors in the core areas have been administering assessments and identifying patterns in student learning with the intent of using the information to inform teaching and learning in the general education program. 

Standardized Testing of Undergraduate Student Learning 

Based on a directive from the CU Board of Regents in 2008, the university was required to administer a Standardized Assessment of Student Learning in General Education every three years. The university chose to administer the ETS Proficiency Profile, which measures student performance in the areas of critical thinking, writing, reading, and mathematics. The​ tests revealed that CU Denver students are performing on par with or above students at comparison universities, and that seniors outperformed freshmen on the test, suggesting that a CU Denver education makes a valuable difference in students' learning. 2016-2017 ETS Summary Report 

Assessment of First-Year Students Knowledge and Attitudes in Civics 

One hundred and twenty-three incoming freshmen were assessed through the online ETS "HEIghten Civic Competency and Engagement Assessment" during the fall of 2019. The ETS HEIghten Civic Competency & Engagement assessment is an online test administered in a single 45-minute testing session, with each test taker answering 80 questions from three different areas: Civics Competency, Civics Attitudes, and Civic Participation. (

The results indicate that CU Denver students scored at similar levels to comparison groups on both the Civics Knowledge (Proficient Rating Level) and Civics Attitudes measures.


Contact Info:

Office of Assessment

Director of Assessment

Dr. Kenneth Wolf

Physical Location:

Denver Campus
1380 Lawrence Street,
Suite 320
Denver, CO 80217

Mailing Address:

Office of Assessment
University of Colorado Denver
Campus Box 192
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364