Social Science Assessment

Social Science Assessment Information




The Department of Social Sciences strives to assess its practice relating to institutional, program, and course outcomes.  To this end, the Department has recognized its role in providing essential learning opportunities toward the achievement of General Education and specific Social Science Learning Outcomes.

Please note that assessment information for the Education and Mental Health programs within the Department of Social Sciences can be found within those programs' specific web pages.

Click on the respective links in the left menu to visit these program pages.


General Education Learning Outcomes

The Department of Social Sciences provides General Education support for nearly every program at KVCC.  To this end, alignment and assessment activities are carried out in order to identify and document student achievement in the General Education outcomes identified by the institution.

The structure of course design in the Department allows for the identification of:

  • Institutional Outcomes
  • Program Outcomes
  • Course Outcomes

Institutional Outcomes

These outcomes address the KVCC definition of the Educated Person.
Based upon the College's mission and its belief regarding educated people, Kennebec Valley Community College expects that its graduates will:
  • Function competently and responsibly as entry level members of their respective professions and trades;
  • Communicate clearly, effectively, and persuasively in both the written and spoken word;
  • Utilize resources and technology as lifelong learners in pursuit of both their personal and professional goals;
  • Recognize opportunities for career advancement through transfer programs with other colleges and universities;
  • Solve problems and make decisions based upon logical thinking and analytical skills;
  • Respect cultural, ethnic, and intellectual diversity as involved members of their communities.


VALUE Rubrics

In order to effectively measure specific areas addressed within the definition of the Educated Person, the Department utilizes the VALUE Rubrics for General Education as developed by the American Association of Colleges and Universities.

The VALUE Rubrics represent a more refined and precise set of outcomes for measuring the "Educated Person."  Content areas in these rubrics include:

  • Civic Engagement
  • Creative Thinking
  • Critical Thinking
  • Ethical Reasoning
  • Information Literacy
  • Inquiry and Analysis
  • Integrative Learning
  • Intercultural Knowledge
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Oral Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Quantitative Literacy
  • Reading
  • Teamwork
  • Written Communication


Information on the VALUE Rubrics produced by the American Association of Colleges and Universities can be found here.

Educated Person, VALUE Rubrics, and Assessment Alignment

This page outlines the relationship between the KVCC definition of the Educated Person and the VALUE Rubrics General Education Learning Outcomes.

Click HERE to download a PDF document of this alignment.

Here is a graphic representation of the alignment between the Educated Person Outcomes and the use of specific assessments in courses to measure them.


Assessment Planning

Each semester the Department of Social Sciences strives to evaluate the effectiveness of its course offerings by evaluating both course and general education learning outcomes.

Assessment Strategy (This document outlines the core social science course general education alignment)

Assessment Schedule (This document identifies the assessment activities that occur in the department across a two-year cycle.  In that two-year cycle all of the general education learning outcomes are assessed within the core social science courses)


Assessment Reports

Each semester the Department of Social Sciences will publish a "Department Report" that will include information related to assessment activities.

Fall 2012 Department Report

Summer 2012 Department Report

Spring 2012 Department Report



Social Sciences Dept.


Department Chair:  

Mark Kavanaugh

Contact Info:

(207) 453-5189
Carter Hall, Rm 306