General Education

General Education Competencies

NOC has identified the following five areas as general education competencies for graduates:

  1. Critical Thinking
  2. Communication Skills
  3. Cultural and Societal Awareness
  4. Consumer and Personal Wellness

In a plan developed in the 2008-2009 academic year, faculty voted on at least one course each, required for all transfer degrees, through which to assess each of the competencies above.  After several years of tracking success rates on all of these competencies and making curriculum adjustments as indicated, the Assessment Committee voted to expand its general education measures by identifying courses across all gen ed areas in which to assess the competencies.  Critical Thinking became the general education focal point for 2015-2016 with each competency to be integrated across the curriculum and assessed on a rotating cycle.

General Education Competency Timeline

In 2016, NOC began the process of refining the listed competencies to include courses across the general education curriculum.  The following timeline is provided:

Semester

Competency

Outcome

Spring 2016

 

Competency 1 - Critical Thinking

 

Expectations determined by Assessment Committee and faculty

Competency 1 - Critical Thinking

Activities and rubrics developed by faculty

Fall 2016

Competency 1 - Critical Thinking

Data collected

Competency 2 - Communication Skills

Expectations determined by Assessment Committee and faculty

Spring 2017

Competency 2 - Communication Skills

Activities and rubrics developed by faculty

Fall 2017

Competency 2 - Communication Skills

Data collected

Competency 3 - Cultural and Societal Awareness

Expectations determined by Assessment Committee and faculty

Spring 2018

Competency 3 – Cultural, Societal, and Environmental  Awareness                         Competency 4 – Consumer and Personal Wellness

Activities and rubrics developed by faculty

Fall 2018

Competency 1 & 2 plus Division selection of Competency 3 or 4

Data collected

Fall 2019

Competency 1 & 2 plus Division selection of Competency 3 or 4

Data collected

Fall 2020

Competency 1 & 2 plus Division selection of Competency 3 or 4

Data collected

Note:  Time will be taken in the spring semester to assess the data, activities, and rubric used for the competency the semester before so that changes can be made.



2018-2019 General Education Assessment Grid

GENERAL EDUCATION COMPETENCY GRID

2018-2019 (updated February 2018)


Timeline           Competency 

Fall 2016

1.        Critical Thinking 

 

A.      Select, analyze, interpret, evaluate and defend a claim (orally and/or written) using a range of source materials.

 

B.      Solve problems using mathematical and scientific reasoning.

 

C.      Apply information to a variety of new situations.

Fall 2017

2. Communication Skills

 

A.      Create written responses that demonstrate clear purpose, logic, organization, support and proper mechanics.

 

B.      Develop and deliver oral presentations that demonstrate clear purpose, logic, organization, support and proper mechanics.

 

C.      Create visual representations that demonstrate clear purpose, logic, organization, support and proper mechanics.

Fall 2018

3. Cultural, Societal, and Environmental Awareness

 

A.      Analyze the impact of historical and political events.

B.      Examine ways to enhance and embrace multicultural diversity.

C.      Discuss how cultural, societal or environmental changes can impact a population.

Fall 2018

4. Consumer and Personal Wellness

 

A.      Analyze the process and develop a framework for making personal finance decisions.

B.      Analyze wellness, fitness, and nutrition scenarios pertaining to daily health and wellness choices.

·         Fall data will be collected and spring reviews by instructors from all campuses will determine needed adjustments.

               ·         Starting Fall 2018, each division will collect fall data on competency 1, 2 and either 3 or 4.

 

Note:  In addition to the competencies listed above, the General Education Committee has emphasized the importance of a knowledge of and exposure to the arts and humanities.  Because of the diversity of humanities offerings, one standardized measure is not employed; however, students must complete six credit hours of humanities for general education requirements.  Leadership was also recognized as a valued competency but will be developed throughout the curriculum rather than through a single course.