Assessment of General Education

DACC values creative, flexible thinking and the ability to appreciate and respect diverse viewpoints.  General Education at DACC provides a broad foundation of knowledge, preparing students for an ever-changing global society.  Students in career-technical fields and those transferring to four-year institutions learn and develop skills that transcend disciplines.  Essential Student Learning Outcomes are set by the state:  Broad areas and specific skills include:

Writing, speaking
Collaborative skills: inclusion, teamwork, negotiation
Critical reading
Information literacy
Second language competency
Critical thinking
Problem solving
Scientific method
Discipline-specific modes of thinking
Interdisciplinary thinking
Logical reasoning
Evidence insight through reflection
Qualitative skills
Personal and social responsibility
Civic knowledge and engagement – local and global
Intercultural reasoning and competence
Ethical reasoning and action
Foundations and skills for lifelong learning
Quantitative reasoning
Number sense and estimating
Data analysis and statistics
Using math to solve real world problems
Financial applications
Basic math
Numerical literacy (numeracy)
Information literacy
Research, Evaluating sources, Critical reading
Internet, Digital communication
Analysis of technology
Visual literacy (bias)
Interdisciplinary skills
The ability to apply knowledge in a new context
(Essential skills developed by the New Mexico Statewide General Education Committee, Spring 2016. This list replaces a list of student learning outcomes held by DACC from 2007 to 2016)

General Education Reports are published on WEAVEOnline and in SharePoint. Contact Susan Wood, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs for permission to access.