Institutional Core Learning Outcomes Assessment

Purpose

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:

  1. Communicate effectively using appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. (Communication)
  2. Creatively solve problems by using relevant methods of research, personal reflection, reasoning, and evaluation of information. (Critical thinking and Problem-Solving)
  3. 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)
  4. Use an understanding of cultural differences to constructively address issues that arise in the workplace and community. (Cultural Awareness)
  5. 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.

Analysis of the assessment results guides the General Education departments in making informed adjustments and improvements to the General Education program.

Assessment of the Institutional Core Learning Outcomes is a crucial piece of what CGCC must submit to our accrediting agency, NWCCU.

Process

Each year, one to two Institutional Core Learning Outcome will be assessed by faculty, with the analysis completed by the Core Learning Outcome Assessment Committee.

Institutional Core Learning Outcomes Assessment Schedule

Instructors who teach courses that students would be taking towards the end of their degree (upper or 200-level courses) will be asked to assess student achievement of the Institutional Core Learning Outcome. Courses that indicate either a course outcome related to the CLO or addressing the CLO in-depth, per the CCOG will be selected to be a part of the assessment process.

Results and Reports

Results 2015-16: CLO#1 Communication

Report 2015-16: CLO#1 Communication

Results 2016-17: CLO#2 Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving

Report 2016-17: CLO#2 Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving

Results 2017-18 CLO#4 Cultural Awareness

Report 2017-18 CLO#4 Cultural Awareness

Important Note to Instructors

Assessment of Institutional Core Learning Outcomes is different than Course Assessment or Instructor Evaluations: CGCC is compiling information on student achievement of CLOs to be analyzed by the General Education Department to determine where adjustments and improvements need to be made.

Assessment of Institutional Core Learning Outcomes is not about an individual instructor or an individual course: the purpose is to obtain a snap-shot on a more global perspective of student ability in formal college-level communications.

The rubrics will not be used to grade student artifacts or presentations, they are to be used to determine whether students who are graduating with degrees from CGCC can "communicate effectively using appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills."

Resources

Core Learning Outcome Assessment Rubrics

1. Communication  Written Communication Rubric Oral Communication Rubric
2. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Critical Thinking Rubric Problem Solving Rubric
3. Quantitative Literacy    
4. Cultural Awareness Intercultural Knowledge and Competence Rubric  
5. Community and Environmental Responsibility Community and Environmental Responsibility Rubric  

 

Directions

FAQ

Community and Environmental Responsibility Rubric

Community and Environment Responsibility Scoring RubricONLINE FORM

Ideas & Resources for Teaching to CLO#1: Communication

Ideas & Resources for Teaching to CLO #2: Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving

Ideas & Resources for Teaching to CLO#4: Cultural Awareness

Namesort descending Title Email Phone
Kristen Kane Academic Assessment Coordinator, Psychology Instructor kkane@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6036
Dr. M. J. (Zip) Krummel M. J. (Zip) Krummel Psychology Instructor zkrummel@cgcc.edu (541) 308-8217
Susan Lewis Susan Lewis Director of Curriculum & Assessment slewis@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6047
Dan Ropek Dan Ropek Biology Instructor, Department Chair dropek@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6173