Assessment of the General Education Program at UNM

The New Mexico Higher Education Department (NMHED) statewide restructuring of the General Education (GenEd) program takes effect as of Fall 2019. On this page, you will find helpful resources to navigate the assessment side of the new GenEd program at the University of New Mexico. 


The University of New Mexico general education program is based on the NMHED 2019 statewide general education revision initiative. The UNM general education program adopts NMHED’s five general education essential skills. Throughout successful completion of the UNM General Education Curriculum, students develop the following five skills:

1. Communication

2. Critical Thinking

3. Personal & Social Responsibility

4. Information & Digital Literacy

5. Quantitative Reasoning

In order to assess the development of these skills, UNM will utilize essential skill rubrics developed by the NMHED. Slight modifications have been made to the rubrics to streamline their voice, application, and ease of use. Additional modifications included 

  1. adding numerical ratings to each performance category (e.g. 3 = proficiency)
  2. adding “No Evidence” performance categories

Please see the NMHED General Education Rubrics for reference.

Note: Upon collection of student artifacts, each instructor within each college/school/branch will submit their four student artifacts using the GE Assessment Artifact Submission Form. Fall section artifacts should be submitted by December 15. Spring section artifacts should be submitted by May 15. Submissions can be made throughout the academic year but should be submitted no later than May 15 each year.

UNM General Education Assessment Report

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Assessment of General Education programming is required by the New Mexico Higher Education Department (NMHED). The NMHED established five General Education essential skills to be taught and assessed at all New Mexico post-secondary institutions. These reports include quantitative and qualitative analysis of student artifacts relating to the five essential skills.