Georgia Gwinnett College has established eight institutional goals, which are inspired by the college's overall vision and mission, and eight integrated education experience (IEE) student learning outcomes that outline the skills and character we aim to develop in all of our graduates.
We continuously collect and evaluate data to assess these goals and outcomes within each of our individual college units.
Assessment takes place on multiple levels.
Each college area establishes their own outcomes based on the institutional goals or the IEE outcomes. These unit results are assessed every semester and gathered together to provide an overall view the college's effectiveness.
Additionally, a team of mixed faculty and Student Affairs staff members is assigned to each IEE student learning outcome. Annually, these teams plan and carry out their own college-wide assessments of the IEE outcomes and report the results in an online assessment management system, Weave.
The college as a whole reviews its goals using a variety of assessment tools.
For more information, view institutional outcomes.
Here are some of the sources we use to evaluate GGC's progress.
What have we learned?
- 49% of FY students reported that their courses "highly" challenged them to do their best work.
- 81% of FY and 80% of seniors rated their entire educational experience at this institution as "excellent" or "good."
- 53% of FY students gave the quality of their interactions with faculty a "high" rating.
Source: National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)
Academic and Student Affairs has based its assessment planning on the eight integrated educational experience (IEE) student learning outcomes:
- Clearly communicate ideas in written and oral form;
- Demonstrate creativity and critical thinking in inter- and multi-disciplinary contexts;
- Demonstrate the effective use of information technology;
- Develop intercultural awareness of diverse viewpoints and of local and global perspectives;
- Produce scholarly and creative works that reflect information literacy knowledge, skills, and dispositions;
- Demonstrate ethical and moral principles;
- Demonstrate and apply leadership principles;
- Demonstrate competence in quantitative reasoning.
Academic and Student Affairs' own program level student learning outcomes are available in the GGC Catalog. Outcomes for units across campus are available from the individual offices.
Each administrative office within GGC has based its assessment planning and outcomes on the college’s overall institutional goals.
GGC’s overall institutional goals are:
- Produce graduates who can anticipate and respond effectively to the changing world.
- Inspire graduates to be contributing citizens and community leaders;
- Achieve significant levels of student success in retention, progression and graduation.
- Innovatively design and deliver educational programs and support services.
- Engage with Gwinnett and surrounding communities to support student development and community needs.
- Create a culture devoted to the holistic development of students.
- Acquire the resource base needed to accomplish its mission and vision.
- Serve as a resource for innovation for the broader educational community.
Institutional Effectiveness regularly conducts various surveys to help the college evaluate its academic programs and services, and to assess the extent to which GGC is meeting its strategic planning goals. The results of several of these surveys have been summarized and linked below.
Each year, Institutional Effectiveness conducts an assessment of assessment processes. This review looks at the overall extent to which units of the college construct sound, robust assessment plans, gather valid and reliable assessment data, and use their findings to develop and implement program improvements.
Each year, the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) asks students at hundreds of colleges and universities to reflect on the time they devote to various learning activities. The topics explored are linked to previous research on student success in college. Results from NSSE can provide prospective students with insights into how they might learn and develop at a given college.
Each semester, students are given the opportunity to evaluate their individual instructors and classes. This report provides a composite of all the student evaluations for fall semester each year.