General Education Assessment

Orange County Community College assesses the student learning outcomes in every General Education knowledge, skill, and competency area on a three year cycle; findings are used to improve and enhance student learning across the curriculum.

General Education Assessment at SUNY Orange: Schedule & Forms:

The chart below provides an overview of the General Education assessment process at the College.


General Education

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Click here for a list of the student learning outcomes in all 12 of SUNY’s General Education areas that guide the development of SUNY General Education courses and the assessment of student learning in those courses.  Common student learning outcomes promote seamless transfer of SUNY General Education courses.
  • For a summary document of the SLOs in each General Education area, click here.
Assessment Schedule
  • Each knowledge, skill, and competency area iis assessed every three (3) years at the College, including Information Management and Critical Thinking.

SUNY General Education

Summary Report Form

  • SUNY requires that each General Education area being assessed complete, at a minimum, the Summary Report Form.
  • Click here to access the SUNY Summary Report Form.

Recommended STEPS in Completing the General Education SLO Assessment:

1. REVIEW (previous) Assessment PLAN
  • Review the previous cycle’s General Education assessment plan
2. REVISE Asessment PLAN
  • Revise plan, as needed, to reflect current assessment initiative
3. CONDUCT Assessment
  • Fall semester is generally utilized for planning the assessment and the Spring semester used to implement assessment.
4. RESULTS & “Closing the Loop”
  • Review & share assessment results with identified stakeholders.
  • Identify areas needing follow-up and begin to plan relevant and appropriate improvement initiatives.
  • Collaborate with Institutional Planning, Assessment, & Research Office, Assessment Advisory Committee, and CTL to develop an improvement “plan” in order to ensure assessment results are communicated & utilized. 

Assessment Resources:

Assessment at SUNY
SUNY System provides a variety of resources for campuses; click here to be directed to their website.
Institutional Planning, Assessment & Research (IPAR) Office
The IPAR Office will be available to meet throughout the entire assessment process to assist with planning, implementing, & analysis: Christine Work;; x4763
Assessment Advisory Committee
The Committee is also a great resource for support in planning and implementing the assessment.  Additionally, the Committee would like to support efforts across the institution at “closing the loop.”

*SCBA = Strengthened Campus Based Assessment