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Many colleges and universities have adopted core competencies during the last two decades. Their adoption reflects larger national trends in outcomes assessment, teaching and learning, and regional accreditation. Faculty at LaGuardia Community College sought model assignments with reflections on their design that speak to the college’s core competencies— integrative learning, inquiry and problem-solving, and global learning—and the communication abilities that students use to express them—written, oral, and digital communication abilities. In response, the college’s assessment leaders looked to the assignment library created by the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) for inspiration. They developed the Learning Matters Assignment Library, a curated collection of openly licensed assignments written by LaGuardia faculty in different disciplines that aligned with the college’s Core Competencies and Communication Abilities.


This work was originally published in The Scholarly Communications Cookbook, edited by Brianna Buljung and Emily Bongiovanni, published by ACRL, 2021.

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