General Education courses at NPC are primarily assessed using a common assessment
method to guarantee quality data collection. NPC offers almost 90 courses within the
Arkansas Department of Higher Education’s (ADHE) Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACTS).
From this pool of classes students may satisfy their 35-hour core curriculum requirement.
Each of these courses has standardized course-level objectives (CLOs) that individually
align with both program-level objectives (PLOs) and/or the institutional GEOs. Common
assessments allow the college to assess the GEOs that are most critical to the learning
outcomes of that individual course.
NPC applies common assessments in courses that naturally and thoroughly test student
achievement in one or more of the institutional GEOs. NPC specifically targets assessment
to maximize the collection of quality, uniform data. Common assessments are faculty
created and administered in all modes of course delivery by both full and part-time
instructors. Every two years the common assessment is reviewed and adjusted as needed
by the college’s deans and faculty.
General Education and the Institutional GEOs—Meeting Our Goals
The list below describes the link between General Education ACTS courses and the collection
of GEO assessment data via the common assessment procedure.
GEO #1 — Communicate effectively using oral, written, and electronic methods
The goal of GEO #1 is to develop the multi-faceted communication skills necessary
to complete degrees at NPC, and to ensure students are prepared to enter the workforce
with the appropriate literacy tools to be successful. Improving literacy and proficiency
in communication technology is the cornerstone of NPC’s General Education curriculum.
To measure learning outcomes for GEO #1, NPC collects assessment data in courses such
English Composition I and II
Fundamentals of Speech
Introduction to Computing
College Seminar (First-Year Experience)
GEO #2 — Use critical and analytical thinking skills
The goal of GEO #2 is to produce students who can develop critical thinking skills,
problem-solve, and apply the appropriate methodologies to reach sound conclusions.
The ability to look at complex issues from a multiplicity of perspectives and isolate
correct solutions is a required skill that permeates much of our General Education
To measure learning outcomes for GEO #2, NPC collects assessment data in courses such
American National Government
State and Local Government
GEO #3 — Demonstrate discipline-specific knowledge, skills, and competencies
The goal of GEO #3 is to teach students the specific skills and competencies that
directly impact their ability to work within a field of study. Can a student perform
a stoichiometric equation? Differentiate the bones of the human foot? Are students
able to properly calculate static loads for an engineering design? These assessments
are crucial to determine how our students will be successful in transfer to another
college, or upon entering the workforce.
To measure learning outcomes for GEO #3, NPC collects assessment data in courses such
General Chemistry I and II
Anatomy and Physiology I and II
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Calculus I, II, and III
GEO #4 — Exemplify professional demeanor, ethical behavior, and respect for diversity
The goal of GEO #4 is to prepare students to adapt and flourish in an ever-changing
global community with the skills needed to be a good team member, co-worker, and citizen.
We expect our students to be tolerant, professional, and empathetic within a diverse
setting, and to understand that success in their community requires honest cooperation
and engagement with all constituent parts of that community.
To measure learning outcomes for GEO #4, NPC collects assessment data in courses such
World Civilization I and II
College Seminar (First-Year Experience)
U.S. History I and II
For each academic year, all documents associated with General Education assessment
at NPC may be found at NPC Data Repository page.