As stated in the College catalog, "MCC recognizes the
importance of preparing students for success in both their personal and
professional lives. MCC students develop, across the curriculum, both the
knowledge base of a program of study as well as the career skills needed to
become a productive individual, an effective and contributing team member, and a
person who appreciates the importance of lifelong learning and self
"Vital to the preparation for life-long learning skills
is the development of competencies in:
- Critical Thinking
- Information Literacy
- Scientific Inquiry
- Social Cultural Awareness " (MCC Catalog: 2010)
Although most, if not all, of these competencies are addressed
in each general education class, the Psychology and Sociology Departments
specifically address the competencies of Scientific Inquiry and Social Cultural
Awareness. Since many major do not include a science class specifically,
it is imperative that the social science courses provide content to enable
students to reach the scientific inquiry competency. Our course should all
explore the process and vocabulary of the scientific method and encourage
students to assess the validity of scientific information and "make informed
judgments about science-related topics and/or policies."
"Social and cultural awareness provides the basis to
understand how each of us shapes, and is shaped by, our culture and society."
In addition, our courses recognize and promote "understanding of the obligation
to engage in ethical, safe, and legal behaviors."
"MCC values and encourages the systematic assessment and
improvement of teaching and learning. The College's faculty-led Outcomes
Assessment Committee has coordinated the implementation of a College-wide
Program for the Assessment of Student Learning. The following purposes for
the assessment of student learning have been stated:
- improving the teaching and learning process
- improving programs and courses
- providing accountability to the community
- providing data for informed decision-making " (MCC
The Psychology and Sociology Departments are actively involved
in measuring our contribution to the General Educations Competencies and using
those measurements to accomplish curriculum revision and enhancement.
This webpage is designed to share common materials among
full-time and adjunct faculty members.
The next faculty meeting and development
session related to Outcomes Assessment for PSYC and SOCI faculty is scheduled
for August 31, 2010 from 6 - 9 p.m. Location to be announced.