“What Students Are Expected to Learn and How It Will Be Evaluated "
Student learning is the cornerstone of Marion Technical College’s mission. To determine how well students learn what is being taught, faculty develop and use a systematic process to assess student academic achievement. This assessment takes place throughout a student’s academic career. Assessment results help guide faculty as they continuously improve teaching, learning, courses, programs, and future assessment. Results also help students and others learn about the effectiveness of teaching and learning at MTC.
Assessment begins with a clear understanding of what students are expected to learn. With the advisement of employers, professional associations, and others, faculty have defined two types of core learning goals for MTC students:
- Program Learning Outcomes (PLO’s) which usually apply only to students enrolled in a specific area of study; and,
- College Graduate Competencies (CGC’s) which are common to all areas of study and apply to all students.
Together, PLO’s and CGC’s form the complete set of core competencies that all graduates are expected to learn.
The individual sub-skills defined in each CGC and PLO are taught, reinforced, and/or periodically measured in various courses throughout the curriculum as indicated by the special icon next to those courses in the College Catalog. PLO’s are listed for each degree program and major next to the course displays in the Catalog.
The six CGC areas and statements of competence are:
Communicate effectively both in writing and orally.
Solve problems using mathematics.
- PROBLEM-SOLVING & DECISION-MAKING
Recognize and solve problems through analysis, evaluation, and synthesis to make informed decisions.
- INTERPERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL
Demonstrate good work habits, effective interpersonal and teamwork skills, and a high level of professionalism.
- INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Use a computer to perform personal and professional tasks.
One method that academic departments use to make students aware of the CGC’s is through a common statement included in every course syllabus.
Through its public disclosure of all learning outcomes, and an ongoing assessment of the extent to which students learn them, Marion Technical College affirms that all graduates will be characterized for their ability to competently practice what they have learned.