Course Level Learning Assessment
Course level learning assessment is based in the content and goals of individual courses within departments and programs. At NCC, course level assessment includes two components: (1) discipline-specific learning goals assessment defined by Departmental Assessment Plans and (2) General Education learning goals assessment based on SUNY system-wide general education goals. Each course within a department or program has its own explicit student learning goals, learning outcomes that represent the achievement of those goals and measures that reliably assess the specified learning outcomes. In addition, many courses contribute to the achievement of general education competencies, and these courses are also required to assess SUNY general education learning goals. While course level learning goals and outcomes are course-specific, they are closely aligned with the goals and learning outcomes of the overall program and/or department within which the course is located.
Each department develops a unique, repeating 3-4 year Departmental Assessment Plan (DAP) which guides course level learning assessment activities. Plan designs encompass all of a department's courses, including those identified as General Education courses. In the case of the latter, course faculty uses SUNY-designated learning goals and outcomes as the basis for designing course level learning assessments. For non-General Education courses, course faculty identifies appropriate learning goals and outcomes around which to build the course level learning assessments. At the end of each academic year, departments are required to report on assessment activities and results, as well as evidence-based modifications in assessment implementation, pedagogy or other aspects of individual courses, designed to improve student outcomes.
General Education Learning Assessment at NCC is embedded in course and program/ department level assessment of student learning. Core disciplinary and global competencies are integrated into student learning assessment in the areas of (1) Natural Sciences; (2) Social Sciences; (3) American History, Western Civilization and Other World Civilizations; (4) the Arts; (5) Critical Thinking; (6) Information Management; and (7) Basic Communication (written and oral). For most of these, the assessment is framed by common SUNY system-wide general education learning goals.
General Education Learning Goals