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General Education Assessment

General Education Competencies and Assessment

As a part of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) strives to fulfill the general education requirements of all KCTCS schools.

Kentucky is a LEAP state (Liberal Education for America's Promise) and KCTCS schools, including BCTC have adopted the LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes as a framework for General Education.

General Education Competencies:

Students should prepare for twenty-first century challenges by gaining:

  1. Knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural worlds through study in the sciences and mathematics, social sciences, humanities, histories, languages, and the arts.
  2. Intellectual and practical skills, including
    • inquiry and analysis
    • critical and creative thinking
    • written and oral communication
    • quantitative literacy
    • information literacy
    • teamwork and problem solving
  3. Personal and social responsibility, including
    • civic knowledge and engagement (local and global)
    • intercultural knowledge and competence
    • ethical reasoning and action
    • foundations and skills for lifelong learning
  4. Integrative and applied learning, including synthesis and advanced accomplishment across general and specialized skills.

BCTC assesses general education competencies at the course level using a three-year assessment cycle (seen below). Faculty within each discipline plan and conduct assessment activities, report results, and, use results of assessment to improve student learning. The BCTC General Education Committee provides oversight of the assessment process.

BCTC General Education Assessment Implementation Plan
Year 1 (2018-19) Year 2 (2019-20) Year 3 (Spr. 2018; 2020-21)
Written and Oral Comm.
COM 252
Written and Oral Comm.
ENG 101
COM 181
Written and Oral Comm.
ENG 102
COM 281
Quantitative Reasoning
MAT 150 (Fall)
MAT 170 (Spring)
Quantitative Reasoning
MA 111(Fall) MA 113(Fall)
MA 114 (Spring)
Quantitative Reasoning
MAT 126
MAT 160
STA 210
Arts & Humanities
ANT 130
HIS 240
HUM 120
MUS 100
PHI 100
Arts & Humanities
ART 100
ENG 281
HIS 101
HIS 109
HIS 120 HUM 121i THA 101
Arts & Humanities
HIS 108
PHI 120
WGS 201
Natural Science
BIO 137 (Fall)
BIO 139 (Spring)
CHE 120 CHE 125L EST 150
PHY 201(Fall) PHY 202L (Fall)
PHY 203(Spring) PHY 204L(Spring)
Natural Science
BIO 112 BIO 113L BIO 225
CHE 170 (Fall) CHE 175L (Fall)
CHE 180 (Spring) CHE 185L (Spring) EST 160
PHY 231(Fall) PHY 241L (Fall)
PHY 232 (Spring) PHY 242L (Spring)
Natural Science
AST 191
AST 192 AST 195L BIO 120 BIO 121L BIO 135
CHE 140 CHE 145L GEO 130
Social & Behavioral Science
COM 101
GEN 140
ECO 101
FAM 252
FAM 253
Social & Behavioral Science
ECO 201 (Fall)
ECO 202 (Spring)
GEO 152
GEO 160
POL 101
PSY 223
Social & Behavioral Science
ANT 101
FAM 252
FAM 253
PSY 110
SOC 101
WGS 200

Year/Semester above indicates when the assessment activity should be conducted/administered.

BCTC General Education Assessment Implementation Plan

A recommended process for assessment using ANT 130 from the above plan

  • Spring, 2018 - Plan assessment activity
  • Fall 2018 - Conduct assessment activity
  • Spring 2019 - Review/analyze results of assessment; develop strategy for improvement
  • Fall 2019 - Implement strategy for improvement and re-assess; develop final report


The responsibility for HUM 121 was moved from the Anthropology/Geography/Sociology area to the Humanities area in Fall 2018. Because of this change, HUM 121 was moved from Year 1 of the assessment cycle to Year 2 to allow faculty responsible for conducting assessment ample time to plan and assess.