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Measuring the Reliability and Validity of a Programmatic Assessment Survey for Undergraduate Students' General Education

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This study evaluates the validity and reliability of a self-developed programmatic assessment survey created to measure undergraduate students’ expectations and perceptions of general education curriculum. Hierarchical linear models were applied to understand whether students’ perceptions of the curriculum vary as a function of gender, ethnicity, major, and length of study in college. Our analysis shows that the survey has a high scale reliability and validity. Students’ perceptions of the curriculum were discovered to be insignificantly different from each other at an institutional level. Students with high expectations towards the curriculum had significantly higher perceptions. Asian students had higher expectations and perceptions of the curriculum than other ethnic groups.