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Student Learning Outcomes

What are Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs) and where can I find them?

CSLOs describe the knowledge, skills, abilities, and/or attitudes that student attain by successfully completing a course. All faculty are required to list the CSLOs on the course syllabus.

What are Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) and where can I find them? 

PSLOs describe the learning obtained across multiple courses. It describes the ideal graduate of a particular program and what a graduate will be able to do once they have successfully completed all the courses and requirements of a program.  These are listed in the College Catalog and on each department's web pages (see below Academic Department links).

What are Institutional Student Learning Outcomes (ISLOs)? 

ISLOs state the skills and abilities that students are expected to have mastered by the time they graduate from Los Angeles City College. When students earn a degree from LACC, they should have acquired a level of skill and ability in each of these 11 ISLOs:

  1. Broad & Integrative Knowledge. Consolidate broad knowledge across multiple areas of learning from the fields of study (e.g. arts and humanities, sciences, mathematics, and social sciences).
  2. Civic Engagement. Use their knowledge, skills and values to make a difference in our communities.
  3. Diverse Perspectives. Display an understanding of the customs and viewpoints of others.
  4. Ethical Reasoning. Reason about right and wrong human conduct. 
  5. Aesthetic Awareness. Evaluate and analyze their own aesthetic responses to the world around them.
  6. Communication Competency. Produce clear, logical, well-organized papers and verbal presentations.
  7. Critical & Creative Thinking. Use appropriate reasoning, analytic, and problem solving strategies to draw logical conclusions or formulate creative solutions.
  8. Information Competency. Find, evaluate, use, and communicate information in all its various formats.
  9. Quantitative Competency. Represent mathematical information symbolically, visually, numerically, and verbally.
  10. Lifelong & Applied Learning. Apply their skills to address unscripted problems in school, work and in other non-academic settings.
  11. Technical Proficiency. Demonstrate specific proficiencies with respect to their major field of study.

What is the purpose of assessment?

Assessment is one way that faculty use to measure and improve learning. The assessment results are analyzed by faculty and they look for areas where student performance is strong and areas that need improvement. Then faculty create plans to help students improve their performance, such as revising assignments, textbooks, instructional methods, or activities. The assessment process is a requirement for accreditation by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.