UNC-system schools are now voting on whether to approve the newly proposed subjects of systemwide assessments, intended to prove that students learn in college.
But members of the UNC-CH Faculty Executive Committee said at its Monday meeting that they are concerned with the rushed process.
The UNC-CH Faculty Council will vote on whether to approve the critical thinking and written communication competencies Friday.
The two competencies under evaluation have already been approved by the UNC Faculty Assembly.
Even if UNC-CH decides that it does not want to take part in the process to create the test, a systemwide vote will decide for all schools.
If the resolution passes, students across the UNC system will be tested on these two core competencies in assessments.
The creation of the assessments stem from criticism, such as the book “Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses,” arguing that undergraduates aren’t learning anything at college, said Anne Whisnant, secretary of the faculty.
The two competencies are a part of system president Tom Ross’s five-year strategic plan. The Collegiate Learning Assessment, which tested critical thinking, problem solving and written communication, was piloted at five UNC system campuses last spring.
“I was surprised there were only two competencies,” said Abigail Panter, a member of the UNC system’s General Education Council . “There were larger groups of competencies they could have gone for.”