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What are Institutional Student Learning Outcomes?

Institutional Student Learning Outcomes (ISLOs) are statements of the general knowledge and skills that all graduates should be able to demonstrate at the time of graduation, regardless of academic program of study.

Cosumnes River College, as noted in its mission, vision and values statements (PDF), strives to provide educational opportunities which enrich and empower students. The following core competencies represent the knowledge, skills, and abilities that an enriched and empowered student would be expected to possess upon completion of a course of study at Cosumnes River College. 

Students who successfully complete an associate degree or transfer program at Cosumnes River College will achieve the following Institutional Learning Outcomes through a depth of study within the chosen discipline and the appropriate general education course pattern.  Students completing a certificate or other educational goal will complete an applicable set of these Institutional Learning Outcomes.

ILO 1: Relevant Knowledge, Quantitative Reasoning, and Critical Habits of Mind

  • solve complex problems
  • conduct basic research: collect, evaluate, and analyze relevant facts and information
  • apply mathematical skills, including algebra, to problem solve for both occupational and personal purposes
  • employ qualitative evaluation measures
  • examine, reflect upon, and evaluate one’s own thinking
  • adapt to new circumstances, challenges, and pursuits

ILO 2: Effective Communication in Professional and Personal Situations

  • utilize principles of critical thinking and logic to inform, persuade, or otherwise participate in discourse
  • write and verbally communicate in a clear, well-organized manner appropriate to the purpose, audience, and setting
  • demonstrate analytical and discerning listening and reading practices
  • employ graphic, creative, aesthetic, or non-verbal forms of expression

ILO 3: Adaptability

  • incorporate what is learned to make positive personal and professional changes
  • use technology effectively for career, information, academic, and personal purposes
  • demonstrate ability to update skills to accommodate rapid change in society’s technological landscape

ILO 4: Cultural Understanding, Social Justice, and Equity 

  • appreciate artistic expression, aesthetics, languages, and traditions across cultures
  • participate in society with respect, empathy, and appreciation for human diversity
  • be mindful of divergent perspectives accompanied by awareness of personal prejudices and biases when considering issues
  • demonstrate empathy, civility, and equitable conflict resolution

 ILO 5:  Competence in Social Responsibility and Sustainability

  • recognize the individual’s responsibility in local, national, and global matters
  • address, through ethical reasoning, issues of social, political, and environmental well-being in the workplace, the greater community, the government, and the world

ILO 6Creativity

  • employ inspiration and imagination in synthesizing existing ideas and material to generate original work such as novel solutions to problems, alternatives to traditional practices, and other innovations
  • extend or challenge current understanding or expression through experimentation and divergent thinking
  • exhibit persistence until efforts lead to a successful outcome