General Education Review Process

To emphasize the ongoing nature of core curriculum learning outcomes, assessment at CCGA and to engage faculty in the process, the Faculty Senate, in concert with the Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs, established the Committee on Academic Assessment (CAA) in 2014. Previously, the Committee had a broader institutional effectiveness scope (absorbed by SPAARC*) and was reconstituted with an explicit general education and academic program review focus.

The mission of the CAA is to serve as the primary advisory body about practices for the evaluation of student learning outcomes in academic programs, including General Education. The Committee also makes recommendations to the Faculty Senate concerning evaluation policies and procedures.

The CAA works alongside the Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE) and provides departmental guidance concerning assessment, reviews academic assessment plans, and makes recommendations for improving student learning. Additionally, the CAA offers recommendations to the Faculty Senate on ways to coordinate and promote assessment of the general education and program learning outcomes to ensure that these activities are used to improve the quality of instruction, to provide feedback to faculty on ways to improve student learning, and to meet the requirements of the USG and SACSCOC. In turn, the Faculty Senate provides input to the Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs regarding the development of assessment policies and overseeing assessment efforts campus-wide, ensuring that the value of assessment becomes an integral part of the College’s academic culture.

The OIE provides central coordination and support for the process, maintaining the cycle of reviews, orienting unit leaders to the process, recruiting and charging review teams, facilitating the steps in the process, providing survey support as needed, arranging follow-up meetings, and maintaining the documents associated with the reviews.

* The Strategic Planning Accountability & Assessment Review Committee (SPAARC) was created as the overall coordinating body for institutional effectiveness and charged to review, monitor, and revise the institutional strategic planning framework based on an ongoing, comprehensive, broad-based and institutionally integrated system for assessment and evaluation.

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