Institutional Learning Outcomes
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The Institutional Effectiveness Committee has been tasked by the LAMC Academic Senate Curriculum Committee to coordinate the drafting of general education student learning outcomes and discipline specific learning outcomes. The Curriculum Committee, in delegating this task, is responding to two institutional motivations for assessment of student learning outcomes. The first is a desire on the part of the college to improve student learning, a responsibility that is central to its mission. The second is a related desire to assure the public of the quality of education at the institution. It further recognizes the mandate from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges that institutions assess themselves in a systematic manner designed to improve the effectiveness of teaching and learning.
General Education outcomes formulated for the purpose of assessment are not directly related to the General Education requirements for the A.A. Degree or General Education Requirements that are part of the certification process for transfer to the CSU system. Rather, general education outcomes established to assess the quality of education at LAMC are a reflection of the belief that students who complete a specified course of study at the college should be able to demonstrate competency in a broad range of abilities that are the charge of higher education.
Written and Oral Communication
Students will demonstrate the interactive nature of communication involving speaking, writing, listening and reading. Evidence of competency will be the student's ability to make a clear, well-organized verbal presentation employing appropriate evidence to support the arguments or conclusions and to write a clear, well-organized paper using documentation and quantitative tools when appropriate.
Students will demonstrate information competency by combining aspects of library literacy, research methods and technological literacy. Information competency includes consideration of ethical and legal implications of information and requires the application of both critical thinking and communication skills. Evidence of competency will be the ability to find, evaluate, use, and communicate information in all its various formats.
Critical Thinking (replaces former Problem Solving ILO)
Students will demonstrate the ability to reason effectively and independently by analyzing information, ideas, or empirical data in order to draw evidence-based, reflective, and/or creative solutions to problems. Evidence of competency will be the ability to draw reasonable inferences from information, ideas, or observations, distinguish between relevant and irrelevant information, and reach well-supported conclusions or solutions.
Quantitative Reasoning (Math Competency)
Students will demonstrate quantitative reasoning by identifying relevant data (numerical information in mathematical or other contexts), selecting or developing models appropriate to the problem which represents the data (organized representations of numerical information, e.g., equations, tables, graphs), obtaining and describing results and drawing inferences from data. Evidence of competency will be the ability to extract appropriate data from a problem, to arrange data into tables and graphs or to select or set up an equation or formula, to obtain correct results, to describe trends and features in those results and to make predictions or estimates while drawing qualitative conclusions about the original situation.
Students will demonstrate aesthetic responsiveness by taking a position on and communicating the merits of great works of the human imagination such as art, music, literature, theater and dance and how those works reflect human values. Evidence of competency will be effective written or oral communications that articulate a response to works of art, explain how personal and formal factors shape that response and connect works of art to broader contexts.
Ethics and Values
Students will demonstrate facility in making value judgments and ethical decisions by analyzing and formulating the value foundation/framework of a specific area of knowledge in its theory and practice or in a professional context. Evidence of competency will be the ability to identify own values, infer and analyze values in artistic and humanistic works as well as scientific and technological developments, and to engage in values-inflected and ethical decision-making in multiple contexts.
Students will demonstrate global perspectives by generating theoretical and pragmatic approaches to global problems within a disciplinary or professional context. They will develop responsibility toward the global environment in others. Evidence of competency will be the ability to analyze global issues from multiple perspectives, to articulate understanding of interconnected local and global issues, and apply frameworks in formulating a response to global concerns and local issues.