Institutional Learning Outcomes
Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs) articulate shared, college-wide expectations for all students enrolled in our certificate and degree programs. The ILOs represent a profile of our students upon completion of their credential, and as such, also represent a promise to our students, their families, and our community.
Through coursework and participation in co-curricular activities, students acquire knowledge, attitudes, and skills. Upon completion of a
certificate or degree program, transfer to a 4-year institution, or direct entry into the workforce, GOCC students should have met the four Institutional Learning Outcomes identified below. These outcomes were designed to be student-centered and adequately flexible as to allow for multiple forms of assessment across multiple academic programs and student co-curricular experiences.
In line with GOCC’s mission, vision, and values for student learning and development, it is the expectation that all certificate and degree programs teach and assess critical thinking, effective communication, information competency, and recognition for diverse perspectives in a manner appropriate to their field of study. Each of these Institutional Learning Outcomes can be found below along with a description of how they may be assessed.
Our students will:
- Analyze information beyond their opinions and beliefs, and be able to recognize bias.
- Translate theory into practice and apply prior knowledge to new situations.
- Locate needed information, know when it is necessary to do so, and judge source credibility.
- Solve problems logically.
- Express themselves orally, in writing and visually.
- Express beliefs, thoughts and actions in a manner that is understood by participants.
- Be active listeners.
- Convey reasoning and understanding in a clear, convincing and precise manner in a given discipline.
- Determine the extent of information needed in order to accomplish a specific purpose.
- Know where and how to find and appropriately use sources and information.
- Evaluate the credibility and relevance of sources.
- Know how to legally and ethically use sources and information.
- Retain an objective stance.
- Our students will be able to recognize their own worldview.
- Our students will be able to recognize others’ worldviews.