Institutional General Education Core Competency Level Assessment
The core competencies are assessed at the institutional level based on an established timeline - See the OA Handbook for the timeline.
Utilizing the core competency curriculum maps and random sampling to identify potential courses involved in the assessment, the OA coordinator collaborates with the teaching faculty to collect student work (artifacts) related to the assessment.
The work is reviewed using a common rubric by a team of faculty.
The faculty are trained in using the rubric (instrument) to assure consistency in the assessment conducted by the various team members.
A standardized nationally normed purchased test is another option for assessment at the institutional level as well as student surveys, ie., Community College Survey of Student Engagement.
Every discipline, program/degree identifies a minimum of one competency from each of the three core general education competency catagories:
- Communication Skills Category
- Reasoning Skills Category
- Citizenship Category
The results of assessment are shared with the General Education Committee as well as the Curriculum Committee to discuss and reflect on findings, trends, and any recommendations regarding improvements or follow up.
Reports of assessment are submited on a Assessment of Student Learning Report to the OA Coordinator for review by the Disciplines Committee and included in the program review process.