Institutional Core Learning Outcomes Assessment
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.
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.
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.
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
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."
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|
|Kristen Kane||Academic Assessment Coordinator, Psychology Instructoremail@example.com||(541) 506-6036|
|M. J. (Zip) Krummel||Psychology Instructorfirstname.lastname@example.org||(541) 308-8217|
|Susan Lewis||Director of Curriculum & Assessmentemail@example.com||(541) 506-6047|
|Dan Ropek||Biology Instructor, Department Chairfirstname.lastname@example.org||(541) 506-6173|