Academic Assessment

Assessment Philosophy

Assessment is an ongoing process aimed at understanding and improving student learning.
It involves the following:

  • making our expectations clear and public
  • setting appropriate criteria and high standards for learning quality
  • systematically gathering, analyzing, and interpreting evidence to determine how well performance matches those expectations and standards
  • using the resulting information to document, explain, and improve performance
  • creating a shared academic culture dedicated to assuring and improving the quality of higher education
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Assessment Mission

To improve student learning at CNCC through continuous, comprehensive, meaningful assessment of student academic achievement.

Assessment Goals

  • Assess student academic achievement at the classroom, program, and institutional level to improve learning
    • Continue to develop and improve measurable competencies for all courses, programs, and degrees
    • Continue the collection and evaluation of assessment data. (Refer to the Annual Cycle of Assessment)
  • Sustain and promote a manageable assessment plan based on institutional values
    • Continue to provide assessment training opportunities for faculty, staff, and administration
    • Foster an institution-wide culture of assessment
  • Develop and maintain a centralized data collection, analysis, and reporting process
    • Support assessment efforts through institutional research office
    • Create and maintain assessment web link with participation from each department/program
    • Publish assessment results internally and for the local community
  • Ensure CNCC assessment results impact institutional planning and budgeting

Institutional Assessment Goals

  • To equip students with skills necessary for creative problem solving, critical thinking, and analysis of values
  • To equip students with the communication skills (both written and symbolic) necessary for effective listening, speaking, reading and writing
  • Equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to function in a diverse society and workplace as appropriate to the specific discipline
  • Equip students with the technical skills necessary to succeed in today and tomorrow’s workforce as appropriate to the specific discipline

Bi-Annual Assessment Reports