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Core Learning Outcome

Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking is the ability to distinguish between fact and opinion; ask questions; make detailed observations; uncover assumptions and define their terms, and make assertions based on sound logic and evidence (Ellis, D.).

Measurable Objectives

Upon graduation, North Central Sate College students should be able to:

  • Clarify points of an argument
  • Extend an argument
  • Distinguish between fact and opinion
  • Analyze elements in a complex issue
  • Think through complex issues with judgment and insight
  • Summarize and synthesize a complex issue

Assessment Plans
  • Administer the CAAP test to random capstone classes in selected programs every third year with the expectation that our students will score as well or better than other students attending similar colleges.
  • Administer CCSSE survey every third year and capture critical thinking assessment from the data.
  • All programs will assess and report results every third year for one assignment (projects, case studies, exams, etc.) in courses where students are near-graduation. Faculty are encouraged to use or modify and use the Critical Thinking Rubric but may use another critical thinking rubric for assessment.  70% of students will be expected to receive a score of 75% or higher on their critical thinking.
Assessment Results

2005 Report

2006 Report

2007 Report

2008 CCSSE Report

2010 Report

2008/2011 CCSSE Report






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Last Update: April 17, 2012