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General Education Area Assessment

El Camino College General Education Philosophy

El Camino College (ECC) recognizes the need to provide a multidimensional, multicultural, and integrative general education curriculum, as the core of the associate degree.  With this objective in mind, El Camino College pledges to develop and maintain a general education curriculum that promotes critical thinking and analytical skills, clear and precise expression, cultural and artistic sensitivity, personal growth, health, and self-understanding.  General education curriculum will enhance appreciation and understanding of the scientific method and the relationships between science and other human activities.  It will also develop an understanding of methods of inquiry regarding human behavior, foster an appreciation of how societies and social groups operate, and develop awareness of the ways people throughout the ages have responded to themselves and the world around them in artistic and cultural creations.

 

General Education Area Learning Outcomes Assesment

The College will use Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs) to assess General Education (GE) areas.  ILOs allow our institutional-level assessments to apply to all students, including those taking GE courses.  This approach will give us results that are useful and actionable.  Our ongoing ILO assessments wil aggregate data around GE areas for analysis and possible actions.

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Every program at El Camino College has aligned course student learning outcomes (SLOs) with degree student learning outcomes (PLOs).  All course and program learning outcomes are aligned with institutional learning outcomes (ILOs).  This alignment is a required component of program review and is documented in the ‘Assessment and SLO’ portion of the program review.

As part of this, all general education courses are mapped to the College’s ILOs.  (We are currently revising ILOs and a complete re-mapping of courses, programs, and ILOs will occur at the start of fall 2014 semester.)  We have an ILO assessment timeline and have assessed all ILOs.

The alignment matrices are entered into TracDat, which will allow the extraction of PLO and ILO assessment data from the course-level assessment reports.  This assessment data will be aggregated by GE area, combined with other standalone ILO assessments happening on campus, and analyzed by faculty & staff for needed actions.

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Our current and proposed ILOs strongly correspond to GE areas.  Our ILOs do cover all GE areas as outlined in ACCJC Standard II.A.3.a-c.  See below.

 

 

ILO

Strongly Corresponds to ECC GE Areas

Corresponds to ACCJC Standard II.A.3.a

Corresponds to ACCJC Standard II.A.3.b

Corresponds to ACCJC Standard II.A.3.c

Natural Sciences

Behavioral & Social Sciences

Humanities

Language & Rationality

Health & Physical Education

Mathematics

Current ILOs

Content Knowledge

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

 

Critical, Creative, and Analytical Thinking

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

 

Communication and Comprehension

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

 

Personal and Professional Growth

 

X

X

X

X

 

X

 

X

Community and Collaboration

 

X

X

 

 

 

X

 

X

Information and Technology Literacy

 

X

X

X

 

 

X

X

 

Proposed ILOs

Critical Thinking

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

 

Communication

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

 

Community and Personal Development

 

X

X

X

X

 

X

 

X

Information Literacy

 

X

X

X

 

 

X

X

 

 

El Camino College General Education Assessment Methods and Timeline

For details about assessments of and timelines for ILO assessment, visit http://www.elcamino.edu/academics/slo/corecompassess.asp

 

 

 Last Published 4/28/14