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General Education Assessment

NRCC identifies the seven Virginia Community College System (VCCS) core competencies as its general education requirement for degree, diploma, and certificate programs:

  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Cultural and Social Understanding
  • Information Literacy
  • Personal Development
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Scientific Reasoning

To assess student attainment of the core competencies, NRCC participates in annual, VCCS-administered assessments. One competency area is evaluated each year, and written communication and oral communication are assessed separately. The VCCS assessment schedule does not include assessment of Personal Development and Cultural and Social Understanding competencies. Results of these assessments are reviewed by the college’s president, vice president for instruction and student services, director of institutional effectiveness and research, and assessment coordinator and then shared with faculty during the college’s in-service activities each year.

The college also uses the Educational Testing Service (ETS) Proficiency Profile to assess its students’ attainment of five of the seven core competencies: Communication, Critical Thinking, Cultural and Social Understanding, Quantitative Reasoning, and Scientific Reasoning. Graduating students must take the test prior to applying for graduation. To assess Personal Development, the college uses its orientation process to gather data about how students set goals for attending NRCC. Results from these assessments are documented and shared with faculty in NETSPACE.

The college is currently working on a new general education assessment plan. This plan will be implemented in Fall of 2019.



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