Course assessment is the assessment of student learning within a particular
course. A course should be assessed for whether students are achieving the
learning outcomes as stated in the master syllabus for that course. All sections
of a course that are assessed should be assessed for the same learning outcomes and
using the same assessment instrument. Course assessment is often accomplished
through tools such as departmental or other exams, portfolios, or projects. Course
assessment is not the evaluation of a particular section of faculty member.
Courses should be assessed on the same cycle as that for the three-year master
syllabus review. Thus, each course will be assessed at least once every three years.
Each time a master syllabus comes to Curriculum Committee for review (whether for a major
/minor change or for the three-year review), it should be accompanied by the Course
Assessment Report Form showing assessment activity and results.
Program assessment is the assessment of student learning within a particular academic program
leading to a degree or certificate. A program should be assessed for whether students are
achieving the learning outcomes developed by the department that should be stated in the
program approval documents for that program. Program assessment often is done through capstone
experiences, portfolios, graduate or employer surveys, or licensure exams. Program assessment
is not the evaluation of student achievement of learning objectives within courses that are
part of the program, but rather of students' overall achievement of the broad goals of the
academic program (e.g. employment, mastery of certain skills, successful transfer, etc.)
Programs should be assessed every three years.
General Education Assessment
General Education assessment is the assessment of student learning within the curricular areas
meeting the College's general education requirements for a degree: writing, speech, mathematics,
natural science, social and behavioral science, arts and humanities, critical thinking, and computer
information literacy. Because the general education requirement is an institutional requirement that
crosses disciplines, assessment occurs on a broader scale than course or program assessment. The general
education areas are assessed for whether students are achieving the learning outcomes as stated in the
College Catalogue for each area. General education assessment is currently done through standardized
testing (writing, mathematics, and natural science), surveys or prompts (social and behavioral science
and arts and humanities), evaluated speeches (speech), and institutionally developed or administered exams
(critical thinking and computer and information literacy). General education assessment may occur in any
of the courses that meet the general education requirement, and certain institutional assessments may also
take place in courses outside the general educational areas.
General education areas are assessed every other year.