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Anoka-Ramsey Community College is committed to having strong programs. Assessment of student learning is a critical part of our strategy to maintain and improve programs at the college.

The assessment of student learning is a comprehensive program to evaluate student learning with respect to learning goals, with the ultimate aim of improving student learning and strengthening learning programs. The process of assessment is relatively simple:

  • determining goals for student learning for each program
  • assessing how and what students are learning within their programs
  • implementing changes in programs in light of the assessment results

A successful assessment program requires the participation of of all who are interested in the quality of our educational programs, including students, faculty, college administrators, and members of the public. 

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  • Assessment of student learning is an ongoing process aimed at understanding and improving student learning. It involves setting goals and standards for student learning and then systematically gathering and analyzing evidence to determine how well student performance matches those expectations and standards. The main goals in the assessment of student learning are to document what learning is taking place and to use the results of assessment activities to improve student learning.

    At Anoka-Ramsey Community College, students are involved in many types of assessments of their learning. Most of these are related to concepts and skills that are learned in a particular course. However, the college is interested in evaluating student learning over broader goal areas as well.

  • The broader goal areas, which are the college-wide goals for student learning, are known as the Guiding Principles. All programs at Anoka-Ramsey Community College emphasize experiences that promote learning in these four areas:

    1. Critical Thinking: Students will develop the logical and creative skills needed to gather, synthesize, apply and evaluate ideas from a variety of sources, including both qualitative and quantitative data; critical thinking skills are used by students to test ideas and guide actions.
    2. Effective Communication: Students will develop the ability to communicate clearly by integrating information with life experience, expressing insights, and engaging in the clear exchange of ideas and feelings with a variety of audiences for a variety of purposes using an appropriate medium; effective communication skills are used by students to develop and share insights with others.
    3. Appreciation of Diversity: Students will develop an appreciation for the benefits of diversity within society. They will also analyze the complex social dynamics that lead to oppression as well as the acceptance of diversity. These skills are used by students to better navigate and function in a diverse global community.
    4. Ethical Decision Making: Students will develop the ability to identify, discuss, and reflect upon the ethical dimensions and consequences of social, personal and professional decision making; ethical responsibility skills are used by students to promote responsible and productive citizenship.

    All programs at Anoka-Ramsey Community College emphasize experiences that promote learning in these four areas. In addition, each program has more specific goals that students are expected to master in the course of program completion.

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