Student Learning Outcomes Assessment for
General Education at Arizona Western College
For the Calendar Year 2002
The core learning centered values at AWC are as follows:
Arizona Western College graduates will demonstrate competency in communication, critical thinking, quantitative analysis and technology applications.
Arizona Western College graduates will demonstrate expertise in their selected fields of learning.
Arizona Western College graduates will be able to interact, communicate and work effectively with partners, teams and networks.
Arizona Western College graduates will be able to participate with active, discerning, commitment in the practical, political, ethical and aesthetic aspects of community life.
The areas targeted for assessment were communication skills, quantitative analysis, critical thinking, and technology applications literacy. In 2002, learning outcomes assessment cycles were completed for written communication and quantitative analysis. A test for critical thinking was piloted and plans are underway to assess technology applications literacy in 2003.
According to the intended student learning outcomes for communication, learners should provide writing that is clear with a specific thesis and awareness of audience that fully develops examples to support the thesis in a logical and coherent manner; demonstrates original thinking, depth of analysis, and comprehension of material used; and shows high proficiency in standard English grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
During Spring 2002, writing assignments (artifacts) were collected from general education classes with students who would be graduating at the end of Spring semester 2002. The instructors collected artifacts from the entire class, artifacts from the graduates and non-graduates. The names of the students and faculty were removed from these assignments. Near the end of the semester, artifacts from 60 graduates and 61 non-graduates were copied and distributed to a three-member reading/scoring team. After reading and scoring each artifact individually, the team met to reach consensus on the scores and to record them.