Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) at College of San Mateo - General Education Student Learning Outcomes
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Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Institutional Learning Outcomes


The Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs) describe the knowledge, skills, abilities and attitudes that students should develop through any sustained experience with the college – whether courses, degree or certificate programs, pre-transfer general education pattern, or academic and support services. (Outcomes 2-6 are the General Education Student Learning Outcomes.)

  1. Independent Learning and Development - The ability of students to develop, evaluate, and pursue personal, academic, and/or career goals. Students will be able to:
    • Demonstrate effective study strategies;
    • Articuluate realistic and achievable academic and/or career goals;
    • Identify and make use of college and community resources (academic and student support services)

  2. Effective Communication - The ability of students to write, read, speak, and listen in order to communicate effectively. Students will be able to:
    • Comprehend, interpret, and analyze written and oral information;
    • Express ideas and provide supporting evidence effectively in writing and in speaking;
    • Communicate effectively in a group or team situation

  3. Quantitative Reasoning - The ability of students to perform quantitative analysis, using appropriate resources. Students will be able to:
    • Solve a variety of problems that require quantitative reasoning;
    • Interpret graphical representations of quantitative information

  4. Critical Thinking - The ability of students to analyze information, reason critically and creatively, and formulate ideas/concepts carefully and logically from multiple perspectives and across disciplines. Students will be able to:
    • Develop and evaluate arguments;
    • Assess the validity of both qualitative and quantitative evidence;
    • Apply diverse disciplinary approaches and perspectives;
    • Employ the scientific method

  5. Social Awareness and Diversity - The ability of students to recognize cultural traditions and to understand and appreciate the diversity of the human experience, past and present. Students will be able to:
    • Identify the benefits of diversity and respect the range of diversity;
    • Work effectively with others of diverse backgrounds;
    • Recognize the importance and analyze the interconnectedness of global and local concerns, both past and present

  6. Ethical Responsibility/Effective Citizenship - The ability of students to make judgments with respect to individual conduct, based on systems of values. Students will be able to:
    • Recognize ethical principles;
    • Identify possible courses of action in response to ethical dilemmas and evaluate their consequences;
    • Behave ethically and respectfully when working with students, instructors, and the campus community
(Adopted by the Academic Senate Governing Council, May 9, 2017)