The NSCC Student Success Plan defines learning outcomes and assesses student achievement of those outcomes in undergraduate programs and majors

Undergraduate program outcomes at NSCC are defined and assessed by faculty in each college division. These outcomes reflect expectations of the knowledge, skills, values, and beliefs to be acquired by graduates of NSCC certificate and degree programs. Assessment methods are developed and implemented to measure student achievement of each outcome, and the results are documented in annual Program Assessment Reports.  Also included in each report are an Analysis of Assessment Results and an Action Plan, which describe faculty interpretation of assessment results, indicate the curricular, structural, and financial changes to be made in the program as a result of assessment efforts, and promote continuous improvement of student learning.

Click on the degree or program name below to view its learning outcomes.

Accounting/Accounting Assistant

  1. Students will create financial statements, reports, and schedules.
  2. Students will interpret financial statements and make managerial decisions.
  3. Students will integrate accounting knowledge into software programs.
  4. Students will demonstrate accurate skills in recording and reporting of accounts.
  5. Students will demonstrate mastery of a foundation of business understanding.

Associate of Arts and Associate of Science

Graduates of the Associate of Arts and Associate of Science programs will be able to:

  1. Produce unified, coherent, and well-developed essays following the rules of written academic English and MLA.
  2. Interpret the larger thematic, historical, or cultural significance of primary works in the humanities.
  3. Define and apply key concepts when examining human functioning and problems in society.
  4. Summarize and interpret data and relationships using standard statistical processes.
  5. Demonstrate symbolic and graphic manipulation using analytic mathematic skills appropriate to the program.
  6. Incorporate the steps of the scientific method, beginning with a question and concluding with analyzing data and drawing conclusions about a stated hypothesis.
  7. Demonstrate competency in utilizing current software applications.

Registered Nursing

At the completion of the ADN program, students will:

  1. Integrate knowledge from physical, biological, behavioral and nursing sciences and general studies in providing comprehensive nursing care.
  2. Integrate the nursing process to maintain, restore, and promote health of individuals, families, and groups of all ages in a variety of settings.
  3. Incorporate principles and techniques of effective interpersonal relationships with clients, colleagues, and health team members.
  4. Adapt nursing practice to reflect the worth and dignity of clients within the ethical obligations of associate degree nursing.
  5. Assume responsibility for continued learning and personal growth in nursing practice.
  6. Accept accountability and responsibility to clients, to the nursing profession, and to society for own nursing practice.
  7. Analyze the past, present, and emerging roles of the associate degree nurse.
  8. Apply concepts of leadership and management in utilizing human and material resources for nursing practice as an associate degree nurse.

Automation and Controls

Students earning an Associate degree from this program should demonstrate:

  1. Electrical symbols and abbreviations
  2. Print reading and documentation
  3. Wiring techniques
  4. Troubleshooting and analysis
  5. Electrical measurements and calculations
  6. Electrical control systems
  7. Electrical power systems
  8. Industrial computing
  9. Systems component storage

Banking & Finance

  1. Students will demonstrate understanding of the major styles of management.
  2. Students will exhibit personal skills of telephone etiquette, proper business attire, and social skills.
  3. Students will exhibit work skills of attendance, work ethic, and self-motivation.
  4. Students will demonstrate mastery of a foundation of business understanding.
  5. Students will demonstrate understanding of business ethics.
  6. Students will demonstrate understanding of banking practices.

Business Management

  1. Students will demonstrate understanding of the major styles of management.
  2. Students will exhibit personal skills of telephone etiquette, proper business attire, and social skills.
  3. Students will exhibit work skills of attendance, work ethic, and self-motivation.
  4. Students will demonstrate mastery of a foundation of business understanding.
  5. Students will demonstrate understanding of business ethics.

Computer Aided Design

Students earning an Associate degree from this program should demonstrate:

  1. Knowledge of file handling and management.
  2. Familiarity with computer software, CAD, computer hardware, and component terminologies.
  3. Knowledge of setup, display, drawing, inquiry, and modify commands.
  4. Ability to develop, modify, and manipulate symbols, crosshatching, and various types of dimensioning.
  5. Knowledge of inquiry commands and developing industrial type (detail and assembly drawings as well as finished projects).

Computer Programming/Computer Operator

Students who complete the Computer Programming and Computer Operating programs will be employable in a variety of positions in which:

  1. Students will write and debug programs.
  2. Students will gain an understanding of structured programming concepts.
  3. Students will assemble and troubleshoot hardware.
  4. Students will install and troubleshoot current Personal Computer hardware and current Operating System software.
  5. Students will install and troubleshoot current Network Operating Systems and Network Protocols.
  6. Students will demonstrate software skills.

Criminal Justice

At the completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Have a general understanding and appreciation of the role of the criminal justice system at local, state, and federal levels.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate codes of professional ethics and the capability to critically and reflectively engage ethical issues in criminal justice, particularly questions of social responsibility and professional decision-making.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the theories, principles, judicial and correctional processes, legal institutions, and methods of law enforcement.
  4. Have a sound basic education in criminal justice for graduates who choose to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

Early Childhood Development (Child & Family Specialist)

Students who complete the Child & Family Specialist program will:

  1. 1. Identify cognitive, affective, and psycho-motor developmental characteristics of children 0-8, recognizing indicators of developmental delays and giftedness.
  2. Identify basic concepts of learning theories that influence early childhood practices as well as describe the history of early childhood programs in the U.S.
  3. Utilize technology to enhance instruction and productivity.
  4. Demonstrate awareness of respected authors, experts, advocates of early childhood, and publications which address early childhood issues and themes nationally and locally.
  5. Communicate effectively with parents and other educational professionals.
  6. Utilize various public and private human service agencies in the community, the organizational structure of the agencies, and their function.
  7. Demonstrate an awareness of the special needs and issues of a diverse population.
  8. Demonstrate basic knowledge, techniques, and skills used in the group counseling process.
  9. Work with parents dealing with child rearing issues such as discipline, sibling relationships, and nutrition.
  10. Demonstrate the basic principles and practices of interviewing parents as well as crises intervention in human service and family settings.

Early Childhood Development (Paraprofessional Educator)

Students who complete the Paraprofessional Educator program will:

  1. Perform clerical and organizational tasks.
  2. Assist with classroom management.
  3. Provide specific personal care for students with special needs.
  4. Operate audio-visual equipment and computer technologies to support instruction.
  5. Implement teacher-designed instruction with individual students, small groups, and large groups.
  6. Provide tutoring to individual students in basic reading, writing, and math skills.
  7. Write observations and conduct simple assessments under supervision of classroom teacher.
  8. Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior consistent with the role of para-educator.

Early Childhood Development (Pre-Kindergarten)

Students who complete the Pre-Kindergarten program will:

  1. Identify cognitive, affective, and psycho-motor developmental characteristics of children 0-8, recognizing indicators of developmental delays and giftedness.
  2. Identify basic concepts of learning theories that influence early childhood practices as well as describe the history of early childhood programs in the U.S.
  3. Utilize technology to enhance instruction and productivity.
  4. Demonstrate awareness of respected authors, experts, advocates of early childhood, and publications which address early childhood issues and themes nationally and locally.
  5. Communicate effectively with parents and other educational professionals.
  6. Plan, organize and implement language arts, science, math, social studies and fine arts curriculum for preschool age children based on best practices identified by the field.
  7. Apply positive approaches in behavior and guidance of young children in group settings supporting independence, self-reliance, creativity, and social skills in one-to-one, small groups, and large group situations.
  8. Provide for basic health, safety, and physical growth needs of children in group settings.
  9. Create and modify environments to accommodate the needs of diverse groups of learners, including children with special needs.
  10. Assess the development of young children using a variety of informal and formal methods.
  11. Analyze the concepts of leadership, management, and teaching within the ethical-legal education standards, both state and nationally.

Early Childhood Development (Program Administrator)

Students who complete the ECD Program Administrator program will:

  1. Identify cognitive, affective, and psycho-motor developmental characteristics of children 0-8, recognizing indicators of developmental delays and giftedness.
  2. Identify basic concepts of learning theories that influence early childhood practices as well as describe the history of early childhood programs in the U.S.
  3. Utilize technology to enhance instruction and productivity.
  4. Demonstrate awareness of respected authors, experts, advocates of early childhood, and publications which address early childhood issues and themes nationally and locally.
  5. Support staff who plan, organize, and implement language arts, science, math, social studies, and fine arts curriculum appropriate for children from birth through school age.
  6. Apply and promote positive approaches in behavior and guidance of young children in group settings, maintaining self-control and even temperament in difficult situations with children, parents, and other professionals.
  7. Maintain an environment and policies reflecting standards of nutrition, health, and safety in daily activities for staff and children as well as to accommodate needs of children with special needs.
  8. Exhibit appropriate written and verbal skills in communications with the public administrators, families, staff, and children.
  9. Use evaluation methods and critical thinking to assess program and staff effectiveness.
  10. Act decisively, competently, and responsibly with administrative policies, finances, records, staff, and schedules.
  11. Advocate the special needs of childhood, demonstrating a commitment to children within the program and community and an awareness of the current professional, legal, and social issues facing early childhood.
  12. Act responsibly in applying regulations governing children in group settings.

Electrical Technology

Students earning an Associate degree from this program should demonstrate:

  1. Electrical symbols and abbreviations
  2. Print reading and documentation
  3. Wiring techniques
  4. Troubleshooting and analysis
  5. Electrical measurements and calculations
  6. Electrical control symbols
  7. Electrical power systems
  8. Industrial computing
  9. Systems component storage

Emergency Medical Services

Students completing the certificate program are able to:

  1. Initiate advanced patient assessment and appropriate intravenous procedures and use specific pharmacological agents for pain, respiratory, cardiac, and diabetic emergencies.
  2. Challenge the certification exam and meet the standards set forth by the Ohio Board of EMS.
  3. Perform all duties of an EMT Intermediate.
  4. Apply principles of effective oral and written communication skills with patients, their families, and other health care providers.

Entrepreneurship

  1. Students will identify entrepreneurial opportunities.
  2. Students will develop strategies to exploit entrepreneurial opportunities.
  3. Students will evaluate and analyze alternative strategies and assess risk.
  4. Students will develop and present a feasible business plan.
  5. Students will demonstrate understanding of the major styles of management.
  6. Students will exhibit personal skills of telephone etiquette, proper business attire, and social skills.
  7. Student will exhibit work skills of attendance, work ethic, and self motivation.
  8. Students will demonstrate mastery of a foundation of business understanding.
  9. Students will demonstrate understanding of business ethics.
  10. Students will demonstrate understanding of supervision of employees.

Historic Preservation

Graduates of the Associate of Arts in Historic Preservation program will be able to:

  1. Produce unified, coherent, and well-developed essays following the rules of written academic English and MLA.
  2. Interpret the larger thematic, historical, or cultural significance of primary works in the humanities.
  3. Define and apply key concepts when examining human functioning and problems in society.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of historically significant events and their impact on society.
  5. Demonstrate symbolic and graphic manipulation using analytic mathematic skills appropriate to the program.
  6. Incorporate the steps of the scientific method, beginning with a question and concluding with analyzing data and drawing conclusions about a stated hypothesis.
  7. Demonstrate competency in utilizing current software applications.
  8. Demonstrate practices which lead to the preservation and use of historically significant documents.

Human Services

Graduates will be able to demonstrate the following skills/behaviors:

  1. Develop an eclectic knowledge base that draws from the social and behavioral sciences and Social Work theories.
  2. Demonstrate effective counseling skills necessary for working with clients at the micro, mezzo & macro levels, including a repertoire of verbal responses, non-verbal behavior, facilitative relationships and entry level generalist practice skills.
  3. Develop problem solving skills by learning to apply and analyze client problems/strengths utilizing a variety of paradigms, models, and critical thinking skills.
  4. Identify and apply ethical standards of practice utilizing professional codes of ethics to assist in resolving ethical dilemmas.
  5. Demonstrate understanding of how to utilize community resources when referring clients for services at community agencies.
  6. Integrate and apply knowledge of diversity when working with populations at risk for social & economic injustices so as to develop culturally sensitive interventions.
  7. Demonstrate appropriate assessment, documentation, and record keeping skills as per standards of practice in Human Service settings.
  8. Demonstrate work readiness skills, including but not limited to, timeliness, personal responsibility, ability to follow directives, meet deadlines and the ability to cooperate and perform as a team player with faculty, students, and in practicum settings.

Individualized Studies Degree

Program outcomes are based on the student’s goals in consultation with an academic advisor.

Industrial Electrician/Maintenance Technician/Mechatronics/Industrial Maintenance

Students earning an Associate degree or certificate from these programs should demonstrate:

  1. Knowledge of electrical symbols and abbreviations.
  2. Proficiency in basic electrical theory, motor starters, solenoid valves, various control devices, motor circuits, and variable frequency drivers.
  3. Proficiency in the systematic elimination of the various parts of a system to locate a malfunctioning part safely but promptly.
  4. Basic knowledge of PLC control systems.
  5. Knowledge of the physics of fluids, components, troubleshooting, and design applications for hydraulic and pneumatic systems.

Industrial Management Technology

Students earning an Associate degree or certificate from these programs should demonstrate:

  1. Basic knowledge on operating system, networking and computer hardware.
  2. Proficiency in manipulating Computer Aided Design (CAD) software, in a hands-on environment.
  3. Proficiency in design concepts, orthographic projection, dimensioning practices and blueprint reading.
  4. Basic knowledge to the theory of common manufacturing processes.
  5. Knowledge of the physics of fluids, components, troubleshooting and design applications for hydraulic and pneumatic systems.
  6. Basic knowledge of polymers including history, current industry, recycling, types of polymers, properties, and common manufacturing processes used in the plastics industry.
  7. Knowledge of reading measuring devices and the ability to apply SPC practices to various processes within the plastics industry.

Industrial Technology/Climate Control/Programmable Controller

Students earning an Associate degree or certificate from these programs should demonstrate:

  1. Knowledge of electrical systems and abbreviations.
  2. Basic knowledge on operating systems, networking, and computer hardware.
  3. Proficiency in design concepts, orthographic projection, dimensioning practices, and blueprint reading.
  4. Knowledge of the physics of fluids, components, troubleshooting and design applications for hydraulic and pneumatic systems.

International/Global Business

  1. Students will demonstrate understanding of the major styles of management.
  2. Students will exhibit personal skills of telephone etiquette, proper business attire, and social skills.
  3. Students will exhibit work skills of attendance, work ethic, and self-motivation.
  4. Students will demonstrate mastery of a foundation of business understanding.
  5. Students will demonstrate understanding of business ethics.
  6. Students will demonstrate understanding of global business practices.

Marketing/Retailing

  1. Students will demonstrate understanding of the major styles of management.
  2. Students will exhibit personal skills of telephone etiquette, proper business attire, and social skills.
  3. Students will exhibit work skills of attendance, work ethic, and self-motivation.
  4. Students will demonstrate mastery of a foundation of business understanding.
  5. Students will demonstrate understanding of business ethics.
  6. Students will demonstrate understanding of marketing and retailing practices.

Mechanical Engineering Technology (CAD/CAM)

Students earning an Associate degree from this program should demonstrate:

  1. Proficiency in manipulating Computer-Aided-Design (CAD) software, in a hands-on environment.
  2. Basic knowledge on operating systems, networking, and computer hardware.
  3. Proficiency in design concepts, orthographic projection, dimensioning practices, and blueprint reading.
  4. Basic knowledge to the theory of common manufacturing processes.
  5. Knowledge of reading and operating precision measuring devices and instruments.
  6. Knowledge of the physics of fluids, components, troubleshooting and design applications for hydraulic and pneumatic systems.
  7. Knowledge of the basic physical and chemical properties of common engineering materials and their design considerations.
  8. Knowledge of the resolution of forces on rigid bodies and how to calculate stress, strain, and deflection.

Medical Assisting

Graduates of the Medical Assisting Program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of human structure and function and recognize common disorders of the body.
  2. Perform clinical duties associated with assisting a physician in the diagnosis and treatment of patients in ambulatory settings.
  3. Accept responsibility for professional, legal, and ethical practice as a medical assistant.
  4. Apply principles of office management; planning, policy development, supervisory process, personnel training, equipment and facility maintenance, and time management.
  5. Apply principles of effective oral and written communication skills with patients, their families, and other health care providers; teach patients methods of health promotion.
  6. Perform administrative clerical duties and manage medical practice finances competently.
  7. Demonstrate proficiency in computer operations and applications relative to patient care and management of a medical office.
  8. Demonstrate rational, systematic and logical thinking; solve problems through proper means of analysis/synthesis.

Medical Support

Students who complete the Medical Support Program will be employable in a variety of positions in which:

  1. Students will exhibit proficient keyboarding skills.
  2. Students will demonstrate language arts skills such as proofreading, grammar, and punctuation.
  3. Students will demonstrate proficiency in computer software skills.
  4. Students will demonstrate time management and organizational skills.
  5. Students will exhibit proficiency in medical terminology and transcription.
  6. Students will demonstrate the ability to properly code medical procedures.

Millwright/Machining CNC Programming/Machining

Students earning an Associate degree from these programs should demonstrate:

  1. Knowledge of basic print reading skills including dimensioning practices, calculations, and sketching (including orthographic, isometric, sectional, and auxiliary views).
  2. Knowledge of basic machining principles using lathes, mills, drills, band saw, and various hand tools.
  3. Proficiency in machining and fabricating projects with an emphasis on safety, fixturing, feeds and speeds, tooling, precision, and accuracy.
  4. Proficiency in welding with an emphasis on shielded metal arc (stick), oxy acetylene, gas metal (MIG), and gas tungsten (TIG).
  5. Knowledge of the physics of fluids, components, troubleshooting and design applications for hydraulic and pneumatic systems.

Network Administration

  1. Students will assemble and troubleshoot hardware.
  2. Students will install and troubleshoot current Personal Computer hardware and current Operating System software.
  3. Students will install and troubleshoot current Network Operating Systems and Network Protocols.
  4. Students will gain an understanding of structured programming concepts.
  5. Students will demonstrate software skills.

Office Administration/Office Assistant

Students who complete the Office Administration and Office Assistant Programs will be employable in a variety of positions in which:

  1. Students will exhibit proficient keyboarding skills.
  2. Students will demonstrate language arts skills such as proofreading, grammar, and punctuation.
  3. Students will demonstrate proficiency in computer software skills.
  4. Students will demonstrate time management and organizational skills.

Paralegal Studies

Students who complete the Paralegal program will be employable in a variety of positions in which:

  1. Students will exhibit understanding of law office practices.
  2. Students will demonstrate ability to conduct legal research and comprehend legal documents.
  3. Students will demonstrate understanding of civil and criminal procedures.
  4. Students will exhibit understanding of tort law situations and procedures.
  5. Students will demonstrate understanding of real estate transactions and probate procedures in Ohio.
  6. Students will demonstrate understanding of domestic relations law in Ohio.

Plastics Engineering Technology/Plastics Manufacturing/Plastics Machine Maintenance

Students earning an Associate degree or certificate from these programs should demonstrate:

  1. Basic knowledge of polymers including history, current industry, recycling, types of polymers, and properties.
  2. Basic knowledge to the theory of common manufacturing processes used in the plastics industry.
  3. Proficiency in design concepts, orthographic projection, dimensioning practices, and blueprint reading.
  4. Knowledge of reading and operating precision measuring devices and the ability to apply SPC practices to various processes within the plastics industry.
  5. Knowledge of the physics of fluids, components, troubleshooting and design applications for hydraulic and pneumatic systems.
  6. Basic knowledge of the injection molding process and the ability to establish a production intent process and troubleshoot various defects.
  7. Basic knowledge of the various properties associated with plastics and ability to perform functional tests used to determine properties.
  8. Basic knowledge to the theory of common secondary operations used in the plastics industry primarily for assembly and decorating.

Practical Nursing

Students who complete the practical nursing program will:

  1. Apply knowledge from the biological, physical, behavioral, and nursing sciences in providing individualized, safe, effective nursing care in structured, predictable settings within established legal and ethical guidelines.
  2. Utilize effective verbal and written communication skills with patients, families, colleagues, and other members of the health care team.
  3. Participate in the nursing process, utilizing critical thinking skills to provide individualized nursing care to patients across the life span and health continuum.
  4. Demonstrate responsibility for continued life-long learning and growth in nursing practice.

Pre-Business Administration

Students who complete the Pre-Business Administration program will be able to transfer to four-year colleges in degree programs in which:

  • Students will demonstrate understanding of the major styles of management.
  • Students will demonstrate mastery of a foundation of business understanding.

Quality Control

Students earning an Associate degree from this program should demonstrate:

  • Basic knowledge leading to quality from management, practitioner, and customer perspectives.
  • Concentration on quality problem solving and process control tools.
  • Basic understanding of probability and philosophies espoused by Deming, Crosby, and Juran.
  • Basic knowledge of quality, measurement system analysis, and control charting principles.
  • Proper selection and use of measuring tools for the feature based upon print specification.
  • Proficiency for dealing with tolerance stacks, another layer of GD&T.
  • Basic understanding of more complex quality improvement methods by studying at least three of the following topics:
    • Advanced SPC
    • Six Sigma Start-up
    • DOE: Screening experiments measurement
    • Systems analysis, problem solving.

Straight Truck and Tractor-Trailer Transportation

  • Students will demonstrate understanding of the major styles of management.
  • Students will exhibit personal skills of telephone etiquette, proper business attire, and social skills.
  • Students will exhibit work skills of attendance, work ethic, and self-motivation.
  • Students will demonstrate mastery of a foundation of business understanding.
  • Students will demonstrate understanding of business ethics.
  • Students will demonstrate understanding of truck driving practices.

Technical Studies Degree

Program outcomes are based on the student’s goals in consultation with an academic advisor.

Visual Communications

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to take photos under various conditions.
  • Students will accurately edit photos.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of graphics and drawing abilities.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to manipulate software programs to create and enhance graphics.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to capture, edit, and animate video.

Web Site Management

  • Students will assemble and troubleshoot hardware.
  • Students will install and troubleshoot current Personal Computer hardware and current Operating System software.
  • Students will install and troubleshoot current Network Operating Systems and Network Protocols.
  • Students will gain an understanding of structured programming concepts.
  • Students will demonstrate software skills.
  • Students will develop and edit web pages.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to develop graphic enhancements.