General Education

General Education requirements provide broad learning in liberal arts and science disciplines, and form the basis for developing important intellectual, civic, and practical capacities (AAC&U).  Our accrediting body, Middle States Commission on Higher Education requires the institution to have a general education program, free standing or integrated into academic disciplines, that:

  • Offers a sufficient scope to draw students into new areas of intellectual experience, expanding their cultural and global awareness and cultural sensitivity, and preparing them to make well-reasoned judgments outside as well as within their academic field.
  • Offers a curriculum designed so that students acquire and demonstrate essential skills including at least oral and written communication, scientific and quantitative reasoning, critical analysis and reasoning, technological competency, and information literacy.
  • Consistent with mission, the general education program also includes the study of values, ethics, and diverse perspectives.

At Lincoln University, General Education is treated as a stand-alone academic program unit governed by the following Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs).  View the complete ILO Definitions


Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

  1. Effective Communication
  2. Technology & Information Literacy
  3. Diversity Awareness/Cultural Awareness
  4. Social Responsibility and Civic Engagement
  5. Critical Thinking 
  6. Lincoln Legacy
  7. Scientific and Quantitative Reasoning
  8. Integrative & Life-Long Learning

Academic Year

Institutional Learning Outcomes


#1, #3 – Effective Communication; Diversity Awareness & Cultural Awareness


#2, #4 – Technology & Information Literacy; Social Responsibility & Civic Engagement


#5, #7 – Critical Thinking; Scientific & Quantitative Reasoning


#6, #8 – Lincoln Legacy; Integrative & Lifelong Learning


General Education

The General Education Committee is comprised of administrators and faculty representatives from each College.  The Committee is responsible for facilitating the effective assessment of the Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs) as delivered through the General Education Curriculum.  The Committee works in collaboration with the Office of Assessment & Accreditation to ensure that all policies and standards governing General Education Assessment are adhered to.  Functions of the Committee include:  providing feedback on general education outcomes assessment, reviewing general education for course syllabi to ensure that ILOs are represented and assessed, producing a general education annual report, providing best practices and strategies on assessing general education and supporting the assessment efforts of faculty responsible for General Education.


General Education Curriculum

Please see the University Catalog for our General Education curriculum.