Institutional Learning Outcomes

What does Allan Hancock College contribute to the lives of its students? This question has inspired a dialog among our faculty, staff and students.

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.

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 includes, but is not limited to:

  • Read effectively for many purposes including information gathering, appreciation, and analysis.
  • Write clearly, concisely, and accurately in a variety of contexts and formats and for many audiences.
  • Speak effectively in many different situations, involving diverse people and viewpoints.
  • Listen actively and analyze the substance of others' comments.
  • Demonstrate 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 includes, but is not limited to:

  • Apply a variety of critical and creative strategies for solving complex problems.
  • Generate and explore questions and arrive at reasoned conclusions.
  • Synthesize ideas and information from various sources and media.
  • Evaluate the credibility and significance of sources and material used as support or evidence.
  • Identify assumptions, discern bias, and analyze 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 includes, but is not limited to:

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

INFORMATION AND TECHNOLOGY LITERACY

Define what information is needed to solve a real-life issue then use appropriate technologies to locate, access, select and manage the information.

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

  • Use a computer to perform basic functions appropriate to the classroom and workplace.
  • Select and use technology appropriate for the task.
  • Determine the nature and extent of information needed.
  • Locate, access, manage, and evaluate information from multiple sources.
  • Use information ethically and legally.
  • Develop the ability to understand the applications and 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 includes, but is not limited to:

  • Perform calculations accurately.
  • Interpret mathematical models such as formulas, graphs and tables.
  • Apply mathematical concepts to solve problems.
  • Create and analyze 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 includes, but is not limited to:

  • Demonstrate a science-based understanding of the natural world.
  • Apply scientific concepts and models to solve complex problems within the natural world.
  • Describe and demonstrate the use of the scientific method.
  • Demonstrate 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 includes, but is not limited to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of ethical issues and the ability to make ethical decisions in complex situations.
  • Acquire knowledge and exercise choices that enhance wellness.
  • Develop responsibility for one's own actions and participate actively in pluralistic society.
  • Produce and/or respond to artistic or creative expressions.
  • Participate effectively in teams, provide leadership, make decisions, and seek consensus when appropriate.
  • Value and apply lifelong learning skills for personal and professional growth.
  • Value one's personal role in sustaining the ecosystem.
  • Develop 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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