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.

The Institutional Core Competency (ICC), assessment process at SCC includes an annual cross-curricular assessment of at least one ICC, academic program-level and course-level assessment, and administrative/student support 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

Institutional Core Competency (ICC) Assessment

SCC’s Institutional Core Competencies encourage students to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required of all educated individuals.

SCC has developed a college-wide ICC Immersion Experience that is convened each May to assess a minimum of one ICC.  As part of this experience, all programs are required to submit artifacts of student work that demonstrate competency with a specific ICC.  At the end of the academic year, volunteer faculty participate in a three-day session where they perform a college-wide ICC assessment using submitted artifacts as evidence of proficiency.

Graphic Showing SCC's ICC Review Cycle.  Communication FY19-20, Critical and Creative Thinking FY20-21, Civic Engagement and Social Responsibility FY21-22, Cultural Competence FY22-23, Communication FY23-FY24, Critical and Creative Thinking FY24-FY25.



What are Institutional Core Competencies (ICCs) and why should I care? 
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.

Specific outcomes of ICCs curriculum integration include students’:

  • Career Success
  • Ability to succeed after transferring to a 4-Year Institution
  • Earning Potential
  • Community Leadership

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.