Highland Community College



Assessment General Education

Assessment General Education

Highland Community College graduates will be prepared through the general education and specialized programs to:

  1. demonstrate the oral and written communication skills to express themselves in a meaningful and understandable manner;
  2. demonstrate the mathematical skills needed to pursue career and life choices;
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the psychological, social, political, and economic environments of the world;
  4. demonstrate an understanding of the physical environment and the living organisms that make up the world;
  5. demonstrate an appreciation and understanding of art; music; drama; and literature;
  6. demonstrate critical thinking skills in order to make more informed decisions in the world;
  7. demonstrate the ability to access information by a variety of means including books, journals, computer networks and databases.

In sum, a Highland Community College education will foster a lifetime interest in learning.


CAAP Assessment Information


According to the ACT website, "The Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) is the standardized, nationally normed assessment program from ACT that enables postsecondary institutions to assess, evaluate, and enhance student learning outcomes and general education program outcomes."

CAAP can be used to:

  • Satisfy accreditation and accountability reporting requirements
  • Measure students' achievement levels on a group and individual basis
  • Compare students' achievement levels with national user norms
  • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of general education programs
  • Document the performance gain of students' achievement levels over time
  • Analyze what interventions may be necessary to enhance results
  • Determine student eligibility for upper-division studies
  • Advise individual students how to achieve academic success
Individual Tests

CAAP offers six independent test modules. Institutions may select those modules that best reflect their mission and the goals and curricula of their general education programs.

  • Reading
  • Writing Skills
  • Writing Essay
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking

HCC requires all candidates for graduation to complete four of the six modules: Reading, Writing Skills, Mathematics and Critical Thinking.