General Education Outcomes
ETS Proficiency Profile
UTC and the other Tennessee Public Universities are required by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission to administer a comprehensive standardized test of general education content areas (writing skills, mathematics, reading, and critical thinking) to all baccalaureate graduates each academic year. Results of the general education exam are used as one criterion for awarding supplemental revenue under Tennessee’s Performance Funding Program. Results are reported within the University community by program and college for use in program planning and evaluation.
Beginning with Academic Year 2010-11, UTC began using the ETS Proficiency Profile for general education outcomes assessment. Both norm-referenced and criterion-referenced, and performance scores are reported from this exam.
Proficiency Profile Results
Critical thinking Assessment Test (CAT)
UTC also administers the Critical thinking Assessment Test (CAT) to a select group of graduating seniors each year. The CAT is a cognitive measure used to assess four broad areas of critical thinking: evaluating and interpreting information, problem solving, creative thinking, and effective communication. UTC's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) focuses on five elements of critical thinking and the CAT is the QEP's core assessment measure because the specific skills assessed align closely with four of the five QEP student learning outcomes.
CAT results: 2011-12 to 2014-15