Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

“Institutional Learning Outcomes are the knowledge, skills, and abilities a student is expected to leave an institution with as a result of a student’s total experience. –ACCJC

Cypress College has identified three ILO pathways:  General Education ILOs (GE ILOs), Career and Technical Education ILOs and Personal, Academic, and Professional Development ILOs. They are published in the College Catalog.

These ILOs directly reflect the college’s mission, as they are the universal educational goals of the institution. They are not program or course-specific; rather they demonstrate how student learning at Cypress College is affected by the institution’s collective academic culture.

Every student may not experience all aspects of the ILO pathways, and the exposure and depth of experience of each student depends upon the individual student’s interests, goals, and length of college attendance, as well as other factors. However, students as a whole demonstrate that the college’s mission is an integral part of the educational experience at Cypress College.

All course-level SLOs at Cypress have been mapped by discipline-specific faculty to ILOs as appropriate. ILO analysis and assessment occur as course SLOs are assessed and during the Program Review Process.

Cypress College ILO Pathways

Pathway I: General Education Pathway – GE ILOs

 I. Breadth of Knowledge, Experiences, and Skills

  • Humanities and the Arts: aesthetic awareness, critical analysis, creativity, human reason and culture
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics: scientific principles, scientific method, mathematical systems
  • Social Sciences: cultural competence, global perspective, human experience
  • Physical Education: fitness, health and nutrition, movement competence

 

II. Communication

  • Reading: comprehending, interpreting, and/or evaluating various written information
  • Writing: communicating thoughts, ideas, information and messages in appropriate writing
  • Listening: perceiving and responding to verbal and/or nonverbal messages
  • Communicating: organizing ideas and communicating verbal and/or nonverbal messages appropriate to audience in group setting

 

III. Critical Thinking and Information Competency

  • Analysis: application of rules and principles to new situations, use of logic to draw conclusions, differentiation of facts/inferences/assumptions/conclusions
  • Computation: using basic numerical concepts, tables/graphs/charts, and basic geometrical shapes
  • Research: effectively and ethically acquiring information and data through print and electronic technology, and then organizing, analyzing, evaluating, synthesizing, and communicating information
  • Problem-Solving: defining a problem, creating a plan of action to resolve problem, executing and evaluating the effectiveness of the plan

 

IV. Personal, Academic, and Professional Development

  • Self-Integration: Understanding the person as an integrated physiological, social, and psychological being
  • Personal Responsibility: Self-assessment, development of skills, identifying values and developing goals for personal, academic, and professional growth and life-long independent learning
  • Global Citizenship: Understanding the interconnection between current events, ethics, and personal and societal choices within our world

 

Pathway II: Career and Technical Education Certification – CTE ILOs

 

I. Breadth of Knowledge, Competencies, and Skills

  • Acquisition of a specified set of principles and skills required for a particular profession, industry, or employment opportunities
  • Achievement of the necessary competencies to enter a particular employment field

 

II. Communication in a Particular Field or Employment

  • Comprehending, interpreting, and/or evaluating written information
  • Communicating thoughts, ideas, information, and messages in writing appropriate to a career
  • Communicating ideas and verbal and/or nonverbal messages in the language, mode, and/or medium of a particular field according to industry standards

 

III. Analytical Thinking, Problem-Solving, and Information Competency

  • Diagnosis, analysis, and application of rules and principles of a particular profession according to professional or industry standards
  • Use of numerical concepts, tables/graphs/charts, and numerical principles for  computation in a particular field
  • Defining a problem, creating a plan of action to resolve problem, executing, and evaluating the effectiveness of the plan in a particular field of employment
  • Effectively and ethically acquiring information and data through print and electronic technology, and then organizing, analyzing, evaluating, synthesizing, and communicating information
  • Effectively, efficiently, and ethically utilizing current and learning emerging technologies of a particular field of employment

 

IV. Personal, Academic, and Professional Development

  • Self-assessment, development of skills, identifying values and developing goals for personal, academic and professional growth, career resilience, and life-long independent learning
  • Demonstration of professional and ethical responsibilities of the individual
  • Awareness of additional educational and career opportunities within a particular field and an understanding of the life-long learning requirements of the field

 

Pathway III: Personal, Academic, and Professional Development ILOs

I.              Personal Responsibility

·         Self-assessment, identification and development of skills and goals for personal, academic, and professional growth and life-long independent learning