At Mountwest, we prioritize student success. To continually improve curriculum and instruction, we regularly assess learning outcomes at the course and program level. In addition, we collect data from General Education portfolios and co-curricular learning experiences. Faculty, staff, and administration are committed to using data in order to better our institution and our graduates.
Assessment is a process of gathering and analyzing information about student learning and development to improve educational practices. It involves setting clear and measurable learning outcomes or goals, collecting data about students’ performance, and using that data to make informed decisions about teaching and learning. Assessment can take many forms, including exams, papers, projects, presentations, observations, and surveys. The information collected through assessment can be used to evaluate individual student progress, as well as the effectiveness of courses, programs, and institutions. The ultimate goal of assessment is to ensure that students are achieving their intended learning outcomes and that educators are continuously improving their practices to meet the evolving needs of their students.
General education refers to the foundational knowledge and skills that all students should possess regardless of their major or career goals. At our college, general education courses provide students with a broad understanding of a variety of disciplines, including the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and mathematics. These courses are designed to develop critical thinking skills, effective communication skills, and an appreciation for diversity and global perspectives. General education courses also help students develop a well-rounded set of skills and knowledge that can be applied in any field or career. The goal of our general education program is to ensure that all students are equipped with the foundational knowledge and skills necessary to be successful, engaged, and responsible citizens in their communities and in the world.
Our general education assessment program is designed to measure the effectiveness of our college’s general education curriculum. We use a variety of assessment methods to evaluate students’ knowledge and skills in areas such as critical thinking, communication, and quantitative reasoning. By analyzing the data gathered from these assessments, we are able to identify areas for improvement and make necessary changes to our general education program.
General Education Learning Outcomes:
a. The student will compose coherent, unified written documents that demonstrate correct mechanics and style, as well as appropriate documentation of sources.
b. The student will communicate verbal and nonverbal messages appropriate to the audience and situation.
II. Critical Thinking
The student will use appropriate evidence and sound reasoning to make a judgment.
III. Cultural Intelligence
The student will demonstrate an understanding of the complexity of elements important to members of another culture in relation to its history, values, politics, communication styles, economy, or beliefs and practices.
IV. Numerical Literacy
The student will apply mathematical reasoning to solve quantitative problems.