Learning Outcomes

Green River College assesses learning outcomes at three levels; course, program and campus wide. These outcomes are listed in the college catalog and on course syllabi. 

Course Learning Outcomes

Course learning outcomes communicate clear goals for student learning in an individual course. Faculty adopt course-level student learning outcomes that are published in the college catalog and on course syllabi. 

Program Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcomes communicate the skills and abilities a student compelting a particular program will leave being able to do and demonstrate. In career technical programs, faculty adopted program-level outcomes that are synonymous with degree-level outcomes. In academic transfer, faculty adopted program-level outcomes that are discipline-specific.

Faculty defined program outcomes at either the departmental or divisional level for assessment in the corresponding areas. Program-level outcomes are published in the college catalog and in syllabi. 

Campus Wide Learning Outcomes

The campus-wide outcomes comprise written communication, quantitative symbolic reasoning, responsibility, and critical thinking. Faculty adopted these four campus-wide learning outcomes that students who complete a transfer degree or career technical degree or certificate can be expected to demonstrate proficiency in. The outcomes are published in the college catalog and on course syllabi. They include:

  • Critical Thinking - 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.
  • Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning - 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.
  • Responsibility - 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.
  • Written Communication - Written Communication encompasses all the abilities necessary for effective expression of thoughts, feelings, and ideas in written form.
  • Diversity and Equity - In order to advance equity and social justice, students will be able to examine their own and others’ identities, behaviors, and/or cultural perspectives as they connect to power, privilege, and/or resistance.