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In 1997, Coconino Community College (CCC) assessed its general education curriculum according to faculty curriculum preference and the dictate of the General Education course outlines. CCC first clarified the General Education Values Statement and the criteria for its general education courses and core curriculum. Data that defined general education goals were collected from twenty college-level institutions, and common patterns in the general education assessment process were identified. Faculty voted on the curriculum criteria they felt were most important, and determined that precise writing, critical reading, problem solving, effective oral/signed communication, logical reasoning skills, analyzing and synthesizing, and independent thinking skills were imperative. General Education course outlines were then examined and revised to fit these criteria. The next step in the assessment process will be to determine if students are learning the identified skills, principles, and perspectives. Appendices include the faculty survey, outline check list, guidelines for outline revisions, justification statement for revisions, and a summary of examination of course outlines. (YKH)

Descriptors: Articulation (Education), College Faculty, College Instruction, College Planning, Community Colleges, Core Curriculum, Course Descriptions, Course Objectives, Curriculum Based Assessment, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Enrichment, Curriculum Evaluation, Educational Assessment, Educational Improvement, Educational Objectives, Evaluation Criteria, General Education, Mission Statements, Required Courses, Self Evaluation (Groups), Two Year Colleges

Author: Zumwalt, Joan


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