General Education Assessment and Curriculum Design

General Education Framework

ABOUT GEACC

General Education 


Philosophy and Requirements

Naugatuck Valley Community College considers general education an important component of its degree programs. While an appropriate level of mastery in occupations and technologies is clearly essential, students are better prepared to live in the world and use this mastery only if they are also capable of understanding fundamental theory, weighing values, and forming independent judgments.

The College defines general education in terms of the following competencies:

  • Appreciation of the Aesthetic Dimensions of Humankind
  • Appreciation of the Ethical Dimensions of Humankind
  • Continuing Learning and Information Literacy
  • Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking
  • Historical Knowledge and Understanding
  • Knowledge and Understanding of Social Phenomena
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Scientific Knowledge and Understanding
  • Scientific Reasoning
  • Written Communication

Focusing on these categories, the General Education program ensures that NVCC students gain the fundamental skills, knowledge and values needed for success in their academic, professional and personal lives.


General Education Assessment and Curriculum design Committee (GEACC)

The General Education program is reviewed and assessed by the General Education Assessment and Curriculum design Committee (GEACC). The duties of the committee include identifying and approving college courses used to fulfill competency requirements. The committee is also responsible for researching, designing, scheduling and assisting in the implementation of assessment methods to determine if students are achieving competency outcomes.


GEACC Membership

NVCC's General Education requirements are reviewed and assessed by the General Education Assessment and Curriculum design Committee (GEACC). This committee is composed of one library representative, one student representative, and 10 faculty as well as non-voting members from the Registrar, the Office of Institutional Research, and the Dean of Academic Affairs. The committee must have at least one member with expertise in each competency area, and each academic division must have at least one, and no more than 3, members. In order to ensure representation across the college community and to provide continuity for assessment, Committee members are elected by each academic division and serve a minimum 2-year term. The duties of the committee include identifying and approving college courses used to fulfill competency requirements. The committee is also responsible for researching, scheduling and assisting in the implementation of assessment methods to determine if students are achieving competency outcomes. Committee members for the 2016-2017 academic year are listed below alongside the competency areas they oversee:


Competency Member Title
Written Communication Beth-Ann Scott Professor of English
Appreciation of the Aesthetic Dimensions of Humankind
Gilad Harel Instructor of Music
Oral Communication
Amy Lenoce

Professor of Communications

Appreciation of the Ethical Dimensions of Humankind
Lisa M. Anderson Assistant Professor of Nursing
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy
Jaime Hammond
Director of Library Services
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking
Sandra Eddy
Associate Professor of CIS
Historical Knowledge and Understanding
Karla Ekquist-Lechner Associate Professor of History/Geography
Quantitative Reasoning
Jason Seabury
Chair of GEACC; Associate Professor
of Mathematics
Scientific Knowledge and Understanding
Jeff Damiano Vice Chair of GEACC; Associate Professor of Biology
Scientific Reasoning
Peter Benzi
Associate Professor of Physics
Social Phenomena Knowledge and Understanding
Larry Venuk Professor of Psychology

For ConnSCU Transfer Students

In order to ease transfer between state colleges and universities within the ConnSCU system, NVCC’s General Education program reflects the system’s General Education Framework. Based on this Framework, students who complete NVCC’s General Education program will be granted General Education credit upon transfer to any Connecticut state university or community college.

Framework

General Education Framework

NVCC is currently transitioning to competency-based General Education requirements. New students beginning an associate degree programming fall 2015 or any subsequent semester will complete general education coursework and demonstrate learning in the following areas:


Appreciation of the Aesthetic Dimensions of Humankind

(3 credits)

Students will understand the diverse nature, meanings and functions of creative endeavors through the study and practice of literature, music, the theatrical and visual arts and related forms of expression.
Appreciation of the Ethical Dimensions of Humankind

(learning achieved "across the curriculum")

Students will identify ethical principles that guide individual and collective actions and apply those principles to the analysis of contemporary social and political problems.
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy

(3 credits)

Students will be able to use traditional and digital technology to access, evaluate and apply information to the needs or questions confronting them throughout their academic, professional and personal lives.
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking

(learning achieved "across the curriculum")

Students will be able to organize, interpret and evaluate evidence and ideas within and across disciplines; draw reasoned inferences and defensible conclusions; and solve problems and make decisions based on analytical processes.
Historical Knowledge and Understanding

(3 credits)

Students will study the interrelatedness of various realms of human experience from multiple historical perspectives.
Oral Communication

(3 credits)

Students will be prepared to develop oral messages of varying lengths and styles that communicate effectively and appropriately across a variety of settings.
Quantitative Reasoning

(3 credits)

Students will learn to recognize, understand and use the quantitative elements they encounter in various aspects of their lives. Students will develop a habit of mind that uses quantitative skills to solve problems and make informed decisions.
Scientific Knowledge and Understanding

(3-4 credits)

Students will gain a broad base of scientific knowledge and methodologies in the natural sciences. This will enable them to develop scientific literacy, the knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts and processes essential for personal decision making and understanding scientific issues.
Scientific Reasoning

(3-4 credits)

Students will become familiar with science as a method of inquiry. Students will develop a habit of mind that uses quantitative skills to solve problems and make informed decisions.
Knowledge and Understanding of Social Phenomena

(3 credits)

Students will develop an increased understanding of the influences that shape a person’s, or group’s attitudes, beliefs, emotions, symbols and actions and how these systems of influence are created, maintained and altered by individual, familial, group, situational or cultural means.
Written Communication

(Students must complete 6 credits and continue "across the curriculum")

Students will be prepared to develop written texts of varying lengths and styles that communicate effectively and appropriately across a variety of settings.


Common Core Course Requirements
Focusing on the above competencies, course work in the common core ensures that NVCC students gain the fundamental skills, knowledge and values needed for success in their academic, professional and personal lives. A list of courses that fulfill each competency may be found Approved Courses. Students will fulfill general education requirements by completing the requisite number of credits in courses associated with each competency. For competencies identified as “across the curriculum,” students should adhere to program requirements in order to fulfill these areas.


Scientific Knowledge or Reasoning Requirement
Students must successfully complete at least one Scientific Reasoning or Scientific Knowledge course that contains a lab component.

Assessment

Assessment

Library Resources on Assessment

Learn more about how assessment focuses pedagogy and enhances learning:

Library Guide to Assessment


Forms and Rubrics

Assessment Planning Form

Student performance on competency learning outcomes will be assessed on a five year rotating schedule. Department Chairs, Program Coordinators, and/or Faculty teaching courses in competency areas scheduled for assessment must complete and submit the following Assessment Planning form to the General Education Assessment and Curriculum design Committee by October 1 of the semester preceding assessment.

General Education Common Core Course Assessment Plan.docx

General Education Assessment Report Template


Assessment Rubrics for Competencies

The following rubrics may be used by faculty assessment teams to measure student learning on General Education Competency Outcomes.  If your course is participating in assessment this year, you may want to check them out.

Aesthetic Dimensions

Continuing Learning and Information Literacy

Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking

Historical Knowledge

Oral Communication

Quantitative Reasoning  

Scientific Knowledge

Scientific Reasoning

SocialPhenomena

Written Communications




Assessment Reports

Academic Year 2015-2016: Historical Knowledge and Scientific Knowledge

Historical Knowledge: History Courses

Historical Knowledge: Business Law Courses

Scientific Knowledge


Academic Year 2014-2015:  Oral Communication and Quantitative Reasoning

Communication

ESL

Math

Form and Documents

Forms and Documents

Course Applications for the Common Core


Student performance on competency learning outcomes will be assessed on a five year rotating schedule. Read the most recent Gen Ed Assessment.  Department Chairs, Program Coordinators, and/or Faculty teaching courses in competency areas scheduled for assessment must complete and submit the following Assessment Planning form to the General Education Assessment and Curriculum design Committee by October 1 of the semester preceding assessment.

Approved General Education Course Applications with Course Outcomes

Five year assessment rotating schedule

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