General Student Learning Outcomes

“Learning Outcomes are statements of the knowledge, skills, and abilities the individual student possesses and can demonstrate upon completion of a learning experience or sequence of learning experiences (e.g., course, program, degree).”  based on the work of Barr, McCabe, and Sifferlen - League for Innovation, 2001 at: http://www.league.org/league/projects/lcp/lcp3/Learning_Outcomes.htm)

General Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from Southwestern Oregon Community College with a two-year degree are expected to have gained the knowledge, skills and attitudes (dispositions) and to demonstrate competency for the following institutional general learning outcomes:

  • Communication Students completing a degree will be able to demonstrate effective knowledge, skills and attitudes in reading, writing, speaking, and listening, presentation of self and information.
  • Computation Students completing a degree will be able to demonstrate effective knowledge, skills and attitudes in technology skills, computer proficiency, math proficiency, decision analysis (synthesis & evaluation), understanding of and ability to apply mathematical concepts and reasoning, analyzing and using numerical data.
  • Creative, Critical & Analytical Thinking Students completing a degree will be able to demonstrate effective knowledge, skills and attitudes using curiosity, learning strategies, information gathering, analysis, synthesis, evaluation, creativity, research, and problem solving.
  • Community/Global Consciousness & Responsibility Students completing a degree will be able to demonstrate effective knowledge, skills and attitudes involving respect, citizenship, cultural awareness, interpersonal skills, ethics, lifelong learning, community service, self-esteem, integrity and empathy.
  • Discipline Content Students completing a degree will be able to demonstrate effective skills and attitudes that are specific to a discipline or career.

Approved by Faculty Senate – January 28, 2005

Modified from the League for Innovation, www.league.org

Students demonstrate achievement of these outcomes by participating in the Collegiate Assessment of Academic Profieciency test - CAAP.  Data is collected from the CAAP tests taken by each graduate to analyze the level of achievement of our students.

Program and Unit Outcomes

Each degree, certificate and program at Southwestern clearly identifies the expected student learning outcomes as published in the catalog. Upon completion, students will have learned or will be able to meet a set of expected student learning outcomes listed in areas meeting the identified expected student general learning outcomes.

Each administrative unit at Southwestern clearly identifies the expected unit objectives each year. Students and campus visitors participate in survey throughout the year.  Data is collected from the Community College Survey of Student Engagement and from unit surveys then reviewed by each unit as one measure of objectives assessment.

Southwestern is pleased to announce the conversion of paper documents to an online software system called TracDat which may be accessed at:  http://tracdat.socc.edu:8081/tracdat  by using the username and password of "SOCC" (all capital letters).  A summary page lists all of the units and degree/programs at Southwestern.  Click on the Reports Tab and then on sub-tabs to access report information for individual areas as well as Southwestern's Strategic Plan (located on the sub-tab titled "SWOCC/Reporting Unit)".  Run the Strategic Plan Goals Summary report by clicking on "run" and then choosing all areas to view the goals by all reporting units or narrow your search by selecting individual areas. Check out the other reports available on the sub-tabs "unit" to view individual degree/certificate outcomes and administrative unit objectives.  A good report to run is the Strategic Plan Goals with Objectives/Outcomes as this report will display all of the individual units with outcomes/objectives and how they relate to the Strategic Plan (to narrow the report focus choose a specific selected area rather than "all" areas).

Course Outcomes

Each course at Southwestern clearly identifies the expected student learning outcomes as identified in the course outline in the section titled objectives.  Upon completion of the course, students will have learned or will be able to meet a set of identified criteria listed in this section in the areas of knowledge, skills and attitudes and values.

 

Student Learning Outcomes Process Diagram



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