The institution identifies college-level competencies within the general education core and provides evidence that graduates have attained those competencies.
Provided in the College’s Catalog is a listing of courses and distribution requirements that constitute the College’s general education requirement, also referred to as “core curriculum requirements,” as well as the “standing core.” In May 2005, faculty approved the revision of the general education core curriculum for a three-year pilot test, beginning Fall 2006. In the standing core, 53 semester hours of coursework allow students to meet the general education requirement. In the piloted core, 48 semester hours of coursework allow students to meet the general education requirement. To provide evidence of student learning in the standing and in the piloted core, there are 18 college-level competencies which can be delineated per performance criteria; rubrics; teacher-made exams; diagnostic and standardized tests; embedded and value-added measurements; and/or demonstration projects (see Assessment of Competencies or Learning Outcome Charts) and often, there are co-curricular experiences that evidence life-long learning (See Advising Syllabi below and Competencies 11, 13, 16, 17 and 18 and students’ Summer Reading List. In some instances, one course will provide the context for students to attain a competency. In other instances, more than one course will provide the context for students to attain a competency. (See Curriculum Mapping.) Assessment of the 18 competencies at the program level is as follows: collection of data by general education faculty, administrators, and an assessment coordinator generally in August, November and April; interpretations of the data generally in May by general education faculty, an assessment coordinator, and the Item Review Committee which consists of faculty from across the disciples; implementation of recommendations for improvement generally in August and January; a second cycle of assessment of recommendations for improvement in the capstone course and a norm-referenced test which are every four semesters in the month of May. (See Assessment of Competencies or Learning Outcome Charts.) Measurements of the 18 competencies at the course level include the following: rubrics;,teacher-made exams; demonstration projects evaluated by an external focus group; student feedback questionnaire; quick review referrals; and course action forms. (See Assessment of Competencies or Learning Outcome Charts.)