The purpose of academic assessment at CGCC is to:
- Ensure student proficiency in course, program and institutional student learning outcomes (Core Theme B: Transforming Lives - Education; Objective B3)
- Systematically improve teaching and learning at the course, degree, certificate and program level
- Create a continuous process that is collaborative and dynamic, engaging faculty and students to improve student success throughout the entire institution
- Utilize assessment to improve instruction, while providing usable data that demonstrates this improvement to our community
- Balance the process of assessment between the requirements of external compliance, and a meaningful and thoughtful practice, which is part of what educators do on a regular basis
Instructional programs are reviewed on a regular cycle to ensure relevancy, currency and alignment with professional standards, and workforce needs. Faculty play a key role in the process assessing curriculum, resources and student achievement of outcomes. The goal of Instructional Program Review is to empower departments and faculty to make informed decisions and improvements that support student success and prepare our graduates for advanced studies or employment.
Outcomes assessment occurs at 3 levels.
Outcomes assessment at this level measures student achievement of individual course outcomes. Results and analysis from the outcomes assessment are used by faculty to improve teaching and learning at the course level.
Outcomes assessment at this level is conducted annually in order to measure student achievement of degree, certificate and program outcomes. Departments assess and analyze the cumulative effect of the course work that constitutes a degree, certificate or program. Information from the assessment is used by departments to make improvements that strengthen our degrees, certificate and programs and help increase student success.
Outcomes at this level lead to Institutional Core Learning Outcomes.
Assessment at this level measures whether degree-seeking students leave with some level of mastery of the Institutional Core Learning Outcomes:
Through their respective disciplines, CGCC students who earn a degree can:
- Communicate effectively using appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. (Communication)
- Creatively solve problems by using relevant methods of research, personal reflection, reasoning, and evaluation of information. (Critical thinking and Problem-Solving)
- Extract, interpret, evaluate, communicate, and apply quantitative information and methods to solve problems, evaluate claims, and support decisions in their academic, professional and private lives. (Quantitative Literacy)
- Use an understanding of cultural differences to constructively address issues that arise in the workplace and community. (Cultural Awareness)
- Recognize the consequences of human activity upon our social and natural world. (Community and Environmental Responsibility)
Course and degree, certificate and program outcomes map up to Institutional Core Learning Outcomes. Assessment of Institutional Core Learning Outcomes has a broader scope than assessment of course, degree, certificate and program outcomes, assessing whether students, regardless of which degree they earn at CGCC, achieve the skills and knowledge that are at the foundation of CGCC’s General Education program.