Assessment of General Education

DACC is one of four community colleges in the New Mexico State University system.  General education courses are designated system-wide by the letter “G.”  Assessment of general education, however, is conducted campus-wide and is not limited to G courses.  Essential Student Learning Outcomes set by the state describe what a DACC student will know upon graduation.  These skills are assessed in both general education courses and in career/technical courses.

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 NM Higher Education Department. Broad areas and specific skills include:

NMSU-System Essential Learning Outcomes (ELOs)


  • Writing, speaking
  • Collaborative skills: inclusion, teamwork, negotiation
  • Listening
  • Critical reading
  • Information literacy
  • Second language competency
Critical Thinking

  • Problem solving
  • Analysis/synthesis
  • 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 and Digital Literacy

  • Research
  • Evaluating sources
  • Critical reading
  • Internet
  • Digital communication
  • Analysis of technology
  • Software
  • 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 SharePoint. Contact Susan Wood, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs for permission to access.