Student Academic Achievement Committee

Critical Thinking

EMCC's Definition for Critical Thinking

Students demonstrating this ability can critically apply higher order thinking skills to resolve authentic problems across the curriculum. 

History of Assessing Critical Inquiry (Became Critical Thinking in Fall 2019)

This general education ability was assessed during Fall 2011 under the title of Scientific Inquiry.  Please click on the Scientific Inquiry assessment report to learn details. Due to the narrow parameters of the term Scientific Inquiry, and to appeal to a broader cross-curricular audience and embrace the reality that all disciplines inquire critically in their assignments and activities, the term was changed to Critical Inquiry by the SAC committee in 2013 and approved by Faculty Senate. Reassessment occurred in Fall 2014. Results are posted accordingly.  In Spring 2018, the SAC committee approved changing the title to Critical Thinking.  A new rubric was developed and piloted in Fall 2019 and Spring 2020.  See attached.  

Future of Assessing Critical Thinking

In Fall 2019, EMCC began a pilot of assessing Communication (oral and written) and Critical Thinking every semester instead of a 3-year cycle.  Decisions to teaching practices should not be done 3-years later.  Data for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 will be posted soon.  Stay tuned.