Academic assessment at DACC is a process which engages faculty in designing more effective teaching strategies. We aim to use these strategies to create meaningful learning experiences for our students and ultimately lead them in becoming life-long learners.
The General Education Outcomes, based on the DACC Mission Statement, are the "core skills" the college aims to impart to its students.
COMMUNICATIONLearners express themselves clearly and concisely.
Organization: Demonstrate organized communication through various modalities
Content: Use evidence to support main idea and use topic related terminology
Mechanics: Use appropriate grammatical structure
Presentation: Use tone, style, and conventions that are appropriate to the audience, context, and purpose
CRITICAL THINKING AND PROBLEM SOLVINGLearners evaluate the credibility and significance of information.
Identification: Define problem, identify relevant information, define terms, and analyze assumptions
Usage: Frame questions, make predictions, and design data collection and analyze strategies
Position or Solution: Form a conclusion based on the evidence and analysis of data, information and/or viewpoints
TECHNOLOGYLearners apply current and emerging technologies.
Integration: Select the proper tool to perform the task and troubleshoot any difficulties encountered
Utilization: Apply proper usage of the tool
Evaluation: Analyze the effectiveness of the tool
CULTURAL AWARENESS AND SOCIAL SKILLSLearners recognize cultural perspectives, beliefs, and attitudes different from their own.
Cooperation: Foster a constructive team climate
Professional and Ethical Behavior: Display proper respect and consideration based on the situation
Self-Awareness: Articulate insight into own cultural point of view and biases
Cultural Awareness: Identify and acknowledge cultural perspectives and values different from their own
For questions concerning the DACC assessment process, please contact:
Dr. Penny McConnell, Assistant Vice President, Academic Affairs
For questions concerning DACC institutional assessment and effectiveness, please contact:
Thomas Carey, Director, Institutional Research
For division specific questions you may contact the DACC Assessment Champions:
Business and Technology: Jen Slavik
Liberal Arts and Developmental Education: Ryan Wyckoff
Math, Sciences and Health Professions: Wendy Brown
Department of Corrections: McKenna Allison
Co-Curricular: Stephanie Loveless
Assessment Rubrics and Reports are submitted to the Division's Champion electronically. For questions concerning your assessments contact your Division's Champions. Champion contact info is listed on the Assessment Home page.
The outcomes now align with the General Education Outcomes.
Co-Curricular Assessment Manual
Outlines the process and how to use the assessment forms for DACC Co-Curricular Assessment.
Forms are currently under revision.
Download the report form to plan your assessment.
Also download the corresponding rubric for your assessment.
Rubrics and Report submitted together to the Assessment Director.
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