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Outcomes Assessment

Outcomes assessment at South Central College (SCC) is the process of collecting, analyzing, and using data about student learning to focus institutional efforts on improving student achievement and the learning experience.

Assessment at South Central College is based on the following principles:

  • Assessment is an ongoing process that leads to change and improvement.
  • Assessment is not a task solely performed as a requirement of accrediting agencies - the reason for assessment is improvement.
  • The use of data to support change leads to the most meaningful improvements.
  • Assessment raises as many questions as it answers.
  • Assessment focuses the attention of the College on continuous quality improvement.

Institutional Core Competency (ICC) Assessment

The components of the annual assessment process include:

  • Reviewing the program/department mission
  • Identifying the student learning outcomes to assess this cycle
  • Selecting assessment measures and establishing the criteria for success
  • Linking program and course assessments to the institutional core competencies
  • Implementing the assessment and collecting data
  • Using assessment results to improve student learning and administrative/student support

The Assessment Committee leads SCC’s annual assessment of the ICC’s, and faculty members across the College measure outcomes within their courses. At least one ICC is assessed each year.  

South Central College’s Institutional Core Competencies

Program-Level Assessment
Career programs have identified Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) that describe the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that students develop through successful completion of the program. Programs align their annual outcomes assessments to the College's Institutional Core Competencies on their Assessment Plans.  These Assessment Plans are maintained in the Office of Research and Institutional Effectiveness.
Course-Level Assessment
Each course at South Central College has defined learning outcomes, which are listed on the Common Course Outline for each course. Course faculty link their learning outcomes to the ICC’s. Students, please refer to your course syllabus for more information.

What are Institutional Core Competencies (ICCs)?

South Central Collage’s ICCs are learning outcomes focused on specific life skills:

  • Communication
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Civic engagement and social responsibility
  • Cultural competence

These skills help students become more successful as a student, employee, and citizen after graduation.  South Central College courses integrate the teaching of ICCs in their curriculum.

The impact of ICCs is an enhancement of students’:

  • Career success
  • Ability to succeed after transferring to a 4-year institution
  • Earning potential
  • Community leadership