I'm in the process of revising all our assessment forms. Critical thinking is a one of those new higher education buzz words that people like to throw around and which nobody seems to really be able to define. Our affiliate university has even designated several courses as CT courses, although the criteria for doing so is ambiguous. Intro to Sociology is critical thinking but Intro to Anthropology is not even though they are essentially the same. Go figure. In any event, one of my accreditation agency's pet goals along with the university is "students will develop critical thinking skills." What exactly is critical thinking and how do we know if the student has developed those skills and if they haven't how to we assure that they do? I have a PhD in anthropology and I have no idea how an introduction to sociology course would accomplish that goal. I have some idea how CT can apply to our more focused scientific curriculum, but I'd like to know what others are doing with this in terms of defining the concept, measuring and assessment. The Department of Education will be the bane of my existence. I used to think it would be the students, but they were just a warm up exercise.