Institutional Learning Outcomes

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Upon receiving an associate's degree from Allan Hancock College, students will have achieved proficiency in communication; critical thinking and problem solving; global awareness and cultural competence; information and technology literacy; quantitative literacy; scientific literacy and personal responsibility and development. The following ILOs are integrated as knowledge, skills, abilities and attitudes into a variety of courses and student services available at the college.

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COMMUNICATION

Communicate effectively using verbal, visual and written language with clarity and purpose in workplace, community and academic contexts.

Examples of when students have demonstrated mastery of this ILO include, but are not limited to

  • Reading effectively for many purposes including information gathering, appreciation, and analysis.
  • Writing clearly, concisely, and accurately in a variety of contexts and formats and for many audiences.
  • Speaking effectively in many different situations, involving diverse people and viewpoints.
  • Listening actively and analyzing the substance of others' comments.
  • Demonstrating effective visual literacy.

CRITICAL THINKING & PROBLEM SOLVING

Explore issues through various information sources; evaluate the credibility and significance of both the information and the source to arrive at a reasoned conclusion.

Examples of when students have demonstrated mastery of this ILO include, but are not limited to

  • Applying a variety of critical and creative strategies for solving complex problems.
  • Generating and exploring questions and arriving at reasoned conclusions.
  • Synthesizing ideas and information from various sources and media.
  • Evaluating the credibility and significance of sources and material used as support or evidence.
  • Identifying assumptions, discerning bias, and analyzing reasoning and methods.

GLOBAL AWARENESS & CULTURAL COMPETENCE

Respectfully interact with individuals of diverse perspectives, beliefs and values being mindful of the limitation of your own cultural framework.

Examples of when students have demonstrated mastery of this ILO include, but are not limited to

  • Developing an awareness of one's own cultural framework and how it informs one's perspectives and experiences.
  • Recognizing the interdependence of societies that participate in or depend on world economies, political systems, and the planet's finite and fragile resources.
  • Acting with sensitivity, respect, and integrity in interactions with individuals and peoples of diverse perspectives, beliefs, and values.
  • Developing an awareness of the importance of civic and community participation.

INFORMATION AND TECHNOLOGY LITERACY

A.  Information Literacy

Define what information is needed to solve a real-life issue and locate, access, evaluate and manage the information.

Examples of when students have demonstrated mastery of this ILO include, but are not limited to

  • Determining the nature and extent of information needed.
  • Locating, accessing, managing, and evaluating information from multiple sources.
  • Using information ethically and legally.

B.  Technology Literacy

Proficiency in a technology and the ability to choose the appropriate tools.

Examples of when students have demonstrated mastery of this ILO includes, but is not limited to:

  • Using technology and the ability to choose the appropriate tools.
  • Selecting and using technology appropriate for the task.
  • Understanding the implications of technology in society.

QUANTITATIVE LITERACY

Use mathematical concepts and models to analyze and solve real life issues or problems.

Examples of when students have demonstrated mastery of this ILO include, but are not limited to

  • Performing calculations accurately.
  • Interpreting mathematical models such as formulas, graphs and tables.
  • Applying mathematical concepts to solve problems.
  • Creating and analyzing mathematical models of real-world situations.

SCIENTIFIC LITERACY

Use scientific knowledge and methodologies to assess potential solutions to real-life challenges.

Examples of when students have demonstrated mastery of this ILO include, but are not limited to

  • Demonstrating a science-based understanding of the natural world.
  • Applying scientific concepts and models to solve complex problems within the natural world.
  • Describing and demonstrating the use of the scientific method.
  • Demonstrating science-based knowledge in daily life situations.

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY & DEVELOPMENT

Take the initiative and responsibility to assess your own actions with regard to physical wellness, learning opportunities, career planning, creative contribution to the community and ethical integrity in the home, workplace and community.

Examples of when students have demonstrated mastery of this ILO include, but are not limited to

  • Demonstrating an understanding of ethical issues and the ability to make ethical decisions in complex situations.
  • Acquiring knowledge and exercising choices that enhance wellness.
  • Developing responsibility for one's own actions and participating actively in pluralistic society.
  • Producing and/or responding to artistic or creative expressions.
  • Participating effectively in teams, provide leadership, make decisions, and seek consensus when appropriate.
  • Valuing and applying lifelong learning skills for personal and professional growth.
  • Valuing one's personal role in sustaining the ecosystem.
  • Developing career goals and plans to accomplish them.

The breadth and depth of experience and proficiency that any individual student may reach in each of these outcomes is, of course, dependent upon the student, his or her program or course of study, and his or her length of college attendance.

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Last Modified Oct 18, 2017