Laney College

What Are Learning Outcomes?

What Are Learning Outcomes?

Learning outcomes describe the knowledge, skills, abilities or attitudes a student should be able to demonstrate by the end of a course, program, or their time attending an educational institution.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

SLOs are outcomes at the course level, and therefore will vary by course. SLOs can be found in the Course Outline of Record, and each semester you’ll find an updated spreadsheet of all Laney SLOs here. Students can also find SLOs in their course syllabus.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

PLOs are outcomes at the program level – such as a degree or certificate. PLOs can be found in the Laney College Catalog as well as in this sortable spreadsheet. Recent program assessments are published here.

Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILOs are outcomes at the college level. Find out how Laney assesses ILOs here, and download a copy of the ILOs here. Laney College has five ILOs:

1. Communication

Students will effectively express and exchange ideas through various modes of communication.

2. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Students will be able to think critically and solve problems by identifying relevant information, evaluating alternatives, synthesizing findings and implementing effective solutions.

3. Career Technical Education

Students will demonstrate technical skills in keeping with the demands of their field of study.

4. Global Awareness, Ethics and Civic Responsibility

Students will be prepared to practice community engagement that addresses one or more of the following: environmental responsibility, social justice and cultural diversity.

5. Personal and Professional Development

Students will develop their knowledge, skills and abilities for personal and/or professional growth, health and well being.