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A Culture of Assessment: General Education

General Education at YCCC

The mission of the General Education component of each degree program at YCCC is integral to the educational and professional development of students. Students undertake General Education studies in a variety of disciplines and fields, including communications, arts and humanities, social and behavioral studies, natural sciences, and mathematics, in order to:

  • Seek self-fulfillment;
  • Pursue lifelong learning;
  • Develop awareness of their communities, region, and world;
  • Succeed in the workplace.

General Education courses also provide students opportunities to develop competencies identified by employers, educators, and students as critical for success across a range of personal, professional, and technical endeavors. Skills and competencies that students develop through core courses are integrated and reinforced in other general education and technical courses across the curriculum.

The Maine Community College System has identified eight learning domains that make up the General Education core.  These learning domains are assessed on a 5-year cycle, using rubrics developed in collaboration with our sister Maine community colleges.  Results are presented to the Maine Community College System's Board of Trustees and are available below.

General Education Outcomes Assessment Schedule & Reports



  • Quantitative Reasoning (YCCC Gen Ed Core IV)
  • Natural Science (YCCC Gen Ed Core IV)


  • Social Science (YCCC Gen Ed Core III)
  • Ethical Reasoning (YCCC Gen Ed Core II)
  • Diversity (YCCC Gen Ed Core II and III)