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Student Learning Assessment

General Education Assessment

General Education Assessment

General Education courses were assessed using the institutional learning outcomes evidence and assessment cycle.

In 2019, the New Mexico Higher Education Department (NM HED) implemented a new model for general education courses including a change in course numbering as well as the introduction of “essential skills”, or five skills that every student should be able to demonstrate upon successful completion of NNMC general education curriculum. Those skills include:

  1. Communication
  2. Quantitative Reasoning
  3. Critical Thinking
  4. Personal & Social Responsibility
  5. Information & Digital Literacy

Given the nature of general education requirements mandated by the NM HED, there is some level of overlap between the aforementioned outcomes and CSLOs (College-wide Student Learning Outcomes) which were developed prior to the NM HED mandate. The Office of the Provost named an ad hoc committee to make recommendations about how to best integrate assessment of General Education outcomes in response to the recent NM HED requirements. We anticipate a rudimentary framework will be in place, and a detailed draft plan will be presented to and approved by faculty representatives in 2020-2021.