Assessment of Core Courses
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools both mandate that we regularly assess the core curriculum. Under the new THECB mandate, this assessment must address the core objectives in each component area. Thus, students must be assessed for skills in critical thinking, communication, teamwork, etc. It is important to bear in mind that the assessment is not an assessment of mastery of content of a given course or component area, but of the skills related to the objectives tied to that area.
Departments may select one of two models for assessing students' achievement toward the core objectives in their courses:
1. Communal Assessment
2. Individual Assessment