Student Learning Outcomes and Administrative Unit Outcomes

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The Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) assessment process is a means to discover if students, are, in fact, learning what they are expected to learn in courses and programs throughout the college. The accrediting agency for California Community Colleges (ACCJC) has elected to use SLOs as an integral part of its accrediting standards. This is, in large part, a response to the U.S. Department of Education call for colleges and universities to engage in a process of continual self-examination and reflection with the goal of improvement. All student support and administrative service units will also engage in a Administrative Unit Outcome (AUO) assessment process.

Saddleback College assesses SLOs on the course, program, and institutional levels. All outcomes and assessment results are stored in TracDat.

To view the collegewide assessment results for 2012-2013, click here.

 

Saddleback College Institutional
Student Learning Outcomes (ISLOs)
 

Saddleback College’s primary mission is to foster learning and student success.  Students should expect to develop knowledge, skills and abilities across four broad areas as a result of their overall experience at Saddleback College.  The broad areas are identified by the Institutional Student Learning Outcomes (ISLOs) listed below:

  1. Effective Communication

Students completing a degree or transfer program at Saddleback College will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to understand, evaluate, and analyze readings from a variety of texts and to apply that ability in academic, personal, and professional contexts.
  • Demonstrate the ability to clearly express themselves and the knowledge they have attained in various forms of writing.
  • Demonstrate the ability to orally communicate ideas to others in a clear, coherent, and structured fashion when speaking in one or more of the following modes:   interpersonally, in small group settings, or in public presentations.
  1. Intellectual and Practical Skills

Students completing a degree or transfer program at Saddleback College will be able to:

  • Demonstrate competence in fundamental computing and information technology.
  • Demonstrate competence in scientific and quantitative reasoning necessary for informed judgment and decision-making.
  • Conduct effective research, including the identification, evaluation, synthesis, and responsible use of sources and information.
  • Analyze information and ideas independently and logically in order to arrive at reasoned, meaningful, and creative conclusions.     
  • Work with others to develop creative, logical, and reasoned solutions to problems.
  • Develop cognitive, physical, and affective skills which will afford students the opportunity to be well-rounded individuals.  
  1. Community/Global Consciousness and Responsibility

Students completing a degree or transfer program at Saddleback College will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of cultural diversity and awareness of multiple perspectives in the U.S. and globally.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate and interact with others in academic, personal, and professional contexts.  
  • Demonstrate awareness of the necessity for social responsibility and accountability of citizenship in a democratic society.  
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the necessity for ethical conduct in academic, personal, and professional contexts.
  1. Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge

Students completing a degree or transfer program at Saddleback College will be able to:

  • Describe the scope, key principles, and defining framework of the discipline of study within the natural sciences and mathematics, including an understanding of the methods of scientific inquiry.
  • Describe the scope, key principles, and defining framework of the discipline of study within the arts and humanities in order to understand the rich history of human knowledge, discourse, and achievements.
  • Describe the scope, key concepts, and defining framework of the discipline of study within the social and behavioral sciences in order to understand the complexities of social interactions and human experiences.

 

Handbooks

  • SLO-AUO Handbook (Under Revision)
  • Department Chair's Step-by-Step Guide to SLO Writing and Assessment (Under Revision)

Status Reports and Statistics

Resources and Links