Metropolitan Community College values and encourages the systematic assessment and improvement of teaching and learning. The College’s faculty-led Outcomes Assessment Committee has coordinated the implementation of a college-wide Program for the Assessment of Student Learning. The Outcomes Assessment Committee has stated the following purposes for the assessment of student learning:
- improving the teaching and learning process
- improving programs and courses
- providing accountability to the community
- providing data for informed decision-making
Every degree program at the College has a Program Assessment Plan that guides program faculty in the collection of data to improve curricula, teaching methodologies and delivery methods. This assessment program is a continuous improvement process to enhance student learning. As the implementation of the Assessment Program progresses throughout the College and as more data are available for improvements in the teaching and learning process, the ultimate benefactor will be students. Students will be asked to complete assessment activities as part of this important assessment process.
GENERAL EDUCATION RATIONALE
General Education Course Options
Metropolitan Community College recognizes the importance of preparing students for success in both their personal and professional lives. MCC students develop, across the curriculum, both the knowledge base of a program of study as well as the career skills needed to become a productive individual, an effective and contributing team member, and a person who appreciates the importance of lifelong learning and self improvement. Vital to the preparation for life-long learning skills is the development of competencies in:
- Communication – An effective communicator expresses thoughts, ideas, and feelings in both written and oral modes in order to be successful in their education and professional career. This requires students to develop critical reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills early in their college experience and to have these skills reinforced throughout their program curricula.
- Critical Thinking – Critical thinking stresses a rational process, demonstrates logical inquiry and problem solving, and leads to an evaluative decision or action. It plays an important part in personal, social, and professional development. It helps learners uncover bias and prejudice in ideas. Critical thinking encourages learners to develop a willingness to consider different points of view and to explore possibilities. It underlies the basic elements of communication, writing, speaking, and listening.
- Information Literacy – Information literacy is a set of abilities to recognize when information is needed; to retrieve, manage and organize the needed information; and to locate, evaluate, and use technology in the gathering of this information. It enables learners to master content and extend their investigations, to become more self-directed, and to assume greater control over their own learning.
- Numeracy - From balancing a checkbook to managing a business, numbers play an integral part in life experiences. Success in both a career field and personal experiences involves the effective use and understanding of numbers. Numeracy is the ability to think about, express and evaluate information in quantitative terms.
- Scientific Inquiry - Science plays a vital role in today’s society from environmental issues to health issues to economic issues. To assess the validity of scientific information, students should be able to effectively evaluate and use the scientific process.
- Social Cultural Awareness - Social and cultural awareness provides the basis to understand how each of us shapes, and is shaped by, our culture and society, as well as recognizing and understanding the obligation to engage in ethical, safe, and legal behaviors.
It is in this spirit that the College promotes the importance of general education. General education core requirements must be completed by every student that completes a program at Metropolitan Community College. In most programs, general education requirements are already determined; in programs where specific courses are not outlined, the student should use the list below of approved general education courses to complete minimum requirements for general education.