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Classroom assessment

Is completed by individual faculty within the context of individual classes. Formal and informal measures of learning are collected and assessed and instruction is modified as necessary to improve. This type of assessment is not documented or monitored by the college.

Course-level assessment

Measures student learning upon the completion of a particular course. Each department is expected to conduct course-level assessments. It is important to emphasize that course-level assessment is not measured at the section level. It is a reflection of what students have learned in the course regardless of who is teaching it. Faculty are encouraged to work together within their departments to review and select course outcomes to measure.

Program-level assessment

Measures student learning upon the completion of a particular degree or certificate. The program assessment process is designed to align course-level outcomes and curriculum requirements to the degree or certificate. Program outcomes are defined by the faculty and are written to reflect the accumulation of skill and knowledge a student will gain through the curriculum. Often program level learning outcomes are informed by a licensure or certification exam and/or other industry and employer standards. Programs will be assessed in collaboration with the existing program review cycle that occurs every five years. 

General education assessment 

The general education program at KCC is designed to enable students to acquire communication and reasoning skills at a level reflecting college-level learning. Students who complete the general education program will be able to examine complex topics and apply systematic processes to form conclusions.

The college-wide general education objectives are:

  • Reading Comprehension: Student will comprehend the reading required in their chosen curriculum. 
  • Verbal Communication: Student will use clear, concise language in verbal communication.
  • Written Communication: Student will demonstrate written communication that is organized and coherent.
  • Quantitative Reasoning: Students will reason and solve quantitative problems from a wide array of contexts.   
  • Ethical Reasoning: Students will apply skills in ethical reasoning and come to understand the ways ethical issues affect individual behaviors, individual lifestyles, and public life.
  • Inquiry and Analysis: Students will examine complex topics and apply systematic processes resulting in formed conclusions.