Institutional Learning Outcomes

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The Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs) express a shared, college-wide articulation of expectations for all degree and certificate recipients. 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.

Students acquire knowledge, attitudes, and skills through their coursework and in co-curricular activities. When students graduate with a degree or certificate, transfer to a university, or enter the workforce, they should have met the four Institutional Learning Outcomes presented below. The learning outcomes are intended to be student-centered and flexible enough to be measured using multiple forms of assessment across multiple fields of study and student experiences, both curricular and co-curricular.

In line with TCC’s mission and vision for student learning and development, it is the expectations that all credential-granting programs will teach and assess Communication Skills, Critical Thinking, Personal Responsibility, and Social Responsibility in a manner appropriate to their field of study. Each of these Institutional Learning Outcomes can be found below with specific examples of how a discipline might define the ILO.


Institutional Learning Outcomes

Example Program Specific Learning Outcomes

Communication Skills

Graduates will be able to exchange information or ideas through listening, speaking, reading, writing, and other modes of interpersonal expression.

  • Summarize information or ideas presented in oral, written, and/or visual formats.
  • Evaluate information or ideas presented in oral, written, and/or visual formats.
  • Present information or ideas to an intended audience through oral, written, and/or visual formats.
  • Express ideas and messages based on others’ perspectives.
  • Use modern technology and software for oral, written, and/or visual communication.

Critical Thinking

Graduates will be able to evaluate existing information in order to form judgments, raise new questions, and/or implement creative and effective solutions.

  • Evaluate the credibility and significance of sources and information used as support or evidence.
  • Use the scientific method in various contexts.
  • Solve quantitative problems from various authentic contexts and everyday life situations.
  • Integrate learning from inside and outside of the classroom.
  • Generate new questions, solutions, and/or conclusions.

Personal Responsibility

Graduates will be able to implement the skills necessary for physical, financial, mental, and/or emotional well-being.

  • Utilize resources needed to sustain and improve personal well-being.
  • Apply ethical reasoning to positions and ideas.
  • Pursue educational interests and/or experiences beyond the classroom.
  • Apply learning in an innovative way to novel situations.
  • Engage in self-assessment and/or self-reflection strategies.

Social Responsibility

Graduates will be able to evaluate one’s ethics and traditions in relation to others in order to respectfully interact with diverse groups.

  • Interact respectfully with individuals of diverse backgrounds, perspectives, beliefs, and values.
  • Work collaboratively and respectfully as members and leaders of diverse teams and communities.
  • Discuss contributions made by individuals from diverse and/or underrepresented groups.
  • Evaluate the impact of an individual’s actions on the natural and human world.
  • Promote the quality of life in a community through political or non-political processes.