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Learning Outcomes Committee

Campus-Wide Learning Outcomes

Green River Community College is committed to the continuous improvement of teaching and learning. To this end, the faculty generated and defined four Campus-wide Learning Outcomes. These are outcomes that should be addressed in a variety of classes within a student’s degree or program of study, allowing the student repeated practice with each outcome as he or she moves through a degree or program of study. Furthermore, each Campus-wide Outcome has competencies, which are components of the larger outcome. These competencies are meant to clarify the meaning of the larger outcome and provide examples of what this outcome may include. However, the competencies are not meant to be reductive or prescriptive; courses that address a Campus-wide Outcome must include at least one and may include more of these competencies. Furthermore, students may be exposed to different competencies of an outcome depending on which degree or program of study they complete.

In order to claim proficiency with a Campus-wide Outcome, it is not necessary for all students to learn every competency of every Campus-wide Outcome. Similarly, in order for a course to claim a Campus-wide Outcome, that course need not address every competency listed for that outcome. All students completing a degree will be exposed to and are expected to demonstrate proficiency with the four campus-wide outcomes: Written Communication, Critical Thinking, Responsibility, and Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning.

See the tabs below for more information about our campus-wide learning outcomes.

 

Written Communication

Definition

Written Communication encompasses all the abilities necessary for effective expression of thoughts, feelings, and ideas in written form.

Competencies

This outcome includes abilities designed to help students:

1.1.        Demonstrate use of a writing process.

1.2.        Demonstrate a clear sense of purpose, focus, thesis, or design in writing.

1.3.        Demonstrate the ability to develop an idea with support.

1.4.        Demonstrate audience awareness in writing.

1.5.        Demonstrate appropriate methods of integrating and documenting outside sources.

1.6.        Demonstrate information literacy by finding, evaluating, and selecting relevant and credible sources                   using a variety of information tools.

1.7.        Demonstrate clear organization of thoughts in coherent written form.

1.8.        Demonstrate appropriate choice of format, style, and tone for each particular writing assignment.

1.9.        Use appropriate mechanics, grammar, and word usage based on the language of instruction.

1.10.      Improve the ability to evaluate, revise, edit, and proofread individual work and the work of others.

Critical Thinking

Definition

Critical thinking finds expression in all disciplines and everyday life. It is characterized by an ability to reflect upon thinking patterns, including the role of emotions on thoughts, and to rigorously assess the quality of thought through its work products. Critical thinkers routinely evaluate thinking processes and alter them, as necessary, to facilitate an improvement in their thinking and potentially foster certain dispositions or intellectual traits over time.

Competencies

This outcome includes abilities designed to help students

2.1.   Apply relevant criteria and standards when evaluating information, claims, and arguments.

2.2.   Use appropriate reasoning to evaluate problems, make decisions, and formulate solutions.

2.3.   Give reasons for conclusions, assumptions, beliefs, and hypotheses.

2.4.   Seek out new information to evaluate and re-evaluate conclusions, assumptions, beliefs, and hypotheses.

2.5.   Exhibit traits evidencing the disposition to reflect, assess, and improve thinking or products of thinking.

Responsibility

Definition

Responsibility encompasses those behaviors and dispositions necessary for students to be effective members of a community. This outcome is designed to help students recognize the value of a commitment to those responsibilities which will enable them to work successfully individually and with others.

Competencies

This outcome includes abilities designed to help students:

3.1.      Identify and comply with clearly stated expectations, policies, and procedures.

3.2.      Recognize and accept consequences resulting from a failure to comply with stated expectations, policies, and   procedures.

3.3.      Meet obligations necessary to complete individual and group tasks.

3.4.      Clearly communicate to affected parties any difficulties that may prevent them from fulfilling obligations.

3.5.      Demonstrate common courtesies and show respect for the needs, difficulties, and rights of others.

3.6.      Strive for excellence in contributions, performances, and products.

3.7.      Complete work independently and appropriately acknowledge the source of ideas and contributions of others.

Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning

Definition

Quantitative Reasoning encompasses abilities necessary for a student to become literate in today’s technological world. Quantitative reasoning begins with basic skills and extends to problem solving.

Competencies

This outcome includes abilities designed to help students:

4.1     Evaluate and interpret quantitative and symbolic reasoning information/data.

4.2     Recognize which quantitative or symbolic reasoning methods are appropriate for solving a given problem.

4.3     Correctly implement the quantitative or symbolic reasoning methods that are appropriate for solving a given problem.

4.4     Demonstrate the ability to estimate a solution to a presented problem.

4.5     Translate data into various formats such as symbolic language, equations, graphs, and formulas.

4.6     Implement calculator/computer technology to solve problems.

4.7   Demonstrate logical reasoning skills through formal and informal proofs.