General Education Core Competencies Assessment

General education assessment is focused on improving student learning in the general education curriculum in the freshman and sophomore years.

General education assessment is an assessment of student attainment of core competencies identified with and cultivated in lower-division general education courses. Results are used in conjunction with other assessment efforts to better understand our students and their learning.

Assessment of student learning in general education is reported to the New Mexico Higher Education Department (NMHED) as a compliance measure for state mandated assessment of the general education core. As a relevant piece of reaccreditation, general assessment is also reported to the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

State Common Core General Education Course Objectives
Area I – Communication

  1. Analyze and evaluate oral and written communication in terms of situation, audience, purpose, aesthetics, and diverse points of view.
  2. Express a primary purpose in a compelling statement and order supporting points logically and convincingly.
  3. Use effective rhetorical strategies to persuade, inform and engage.
  4. Employ writing and/or speaking processes such as planning, collaborating, organizing, composing, revising & editing to create presentations using correct diction, syntax, grammar and mechanics.
  5. Integrate research correctly and ethically from credible sources to support the primary purpose of a communication.
  6. Engage in reasoned civil discourse while recognizing the distinctions among opinions, facts, and inferences.

Area II – Mathematics Algebra

  1. Graph functions.
  2. Solve various kinds of equations.
  3. Demonstrate the use of function notation and perform operations on functions
  4. Model/solve real-world problems.

Area II – Mathematics Calculus I

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical, geometrical underpinnings of the calculus.
  2. Use concepts of function, limit, continuity, derivative, and integral.
  3. Apply methods of calculus to optimization, graphing, and approximation.
  4. Apply differential and integral calculus to problems in geometry, physics, and other fields.

Area II – Mathematics College Level Math

  1. Display, analyze, and interpret data.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of problem-solving strategies.
  3. Construct valid mathematical explanations.
  4. Display an understanding of the development of mathematics.
  5. Demonstrate an appreciation for the extent, application, and beauty of mathematics.

Area III – Lab Science

  1. Describe the process of scientific inquiry.
  2. Solve problems scientifically.
  3. Communicate scientific information.
  4. Apply quantitative analysis to scientific problems.
  5. Apply scientific thinking to real world problems.

Area IV – Social & Behavioral Science

  1. Identify, describe, and explain human behaviors and how they are influenced by social structures, institutions, and processes within the contexts of complex and diverse communities.
  2. Articulate how beliefs, assumptions, and values are influenced by factors such as politics, geography, economics, culture, biology, history, and social institutions.
  3. Describe ongoing reciprocal interactions among self, society, and the environment.
  4. Apply the knowledge base of the social and behavioral sciences to identify, describe, explain, and critically evaluate relevant issues, ethical dilemmas, and arguments.

Area V – Humanities & Fine Arts

  1. Analyze and critically interpret significant primary texts and/or works of art (this includes fine art, literature, music, theatre, and film).
  2. Compare art forms, modes of thought and expression, and processes across a range of historical periods and/or structures (such as political, geographic, economic, social, cultural, religious, intellectual).
  3. Recognize and articulate the diversity of human experience across a range of historical periods and/or cultural perspectives.
  4. Draw on historical and/or cultural perspectives to evaluate any or all of the following: contemporary problems/issues, contemporary modes of expression, and contemporary thought.