Welcome to the Columbia College Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) site. This site provides information and links to assist any Columbia College personnel in developing and implementing Student Learning Outcomes. Columbia College has chosen to implement Student Learning Outcomes throughout the college at the course, program, service and institutional levels.

Columbia College uses SLO data, in addition to other metrics, to reflect on the college's performance as a whole. This reflection is more robust and meaningful when we have more complete data. There are further modifications to the SLO process coming that will make
this data more relevant to the institutional outcomes. This data is not used to consider the performance of individual instructors as the instructor of the course collects and inputs the data.

The SLO Assessment Tracking Calendar (Excel) is used to determine when courses are due for an assessment. Courses are assessed about once every other year. Per the calendar, all sections of a course are assessed during the same term when the course is scheduled for assessment. If a course is not offered or cancelled, the assessment is postponed until the next time the course is offered.

Synchronized Program Review and SLO Assessment Cycles 2020-24

Institutional Student Learning Outcomes

ISLOs commonly referred to as the ‘6 Cs’

Effective Spring 2020

‘Upon satisfactory completion of their course of study at Columbia College, students will be prepared to:’ 

  • Excel in the workplace and enter into fulfilling and productive
    • (Commonly referred to as the ‘Career’ ISLO)
  • Communicate effectively across levels and disciplines utilizing a variety of methods, mediums, and
    • (Commonly referred to as the ‘Communication’ ISLO)
  • Think critically about the world, solve problems using appropriate analytic skills, and be discerning about the quality of
    • (Commonly referred to as the ‘Critical Thinking’ ISLO)
  • Possess a framework of facts, skills, and understanding of the subjects studied.
    • (Commonly referred to as the ‘Knowledge’ ISLO)
  • Participate in a vibrant community and culture, understand others, value diversity, and encourage
    • (Commonly referred to as the ‘Culture and Community’ ISLO)
  • Describe and define the scope, key principles, and methods of scientific inquiry and quantitative
    • (Commonly referred to as the ‘Calculation’ ISLO)

Course Student Learning Outcomes Templates

‘Upon satisfactory completion of the course, students will be prepared to:’

  • excel in the workplace, (insert course specific language).
    • Example: excel in the workplace, reading and writing computer code at a basic level, including some basic object implementation.
  • communicate effectively, (insert course specific language).
    • Example: communicate effectively, comparing and contrasting searching and sorting algorithms using Big-O and Big Omega notation.
  • think critically, (insert course specific language).
    • Example: think critically, planning and implementing simple algorithms employing variables with appropriate data types to solve logic problems.
  • demonstrate a knowledge of (insert course specific language).
    • Example: demonstrate a knowledge of data types and a few simple data structures.
  • integrate into the culture and community, (insert course specific language).
    • Example: integrate into the community, responding professionally to ethical issues in computing, such as intellectual property, plagiarism, and software
  • calculate precisely and interpret results accurately, (insert course specific language ).
    • Example: calculate precisely and interpret results accurately,use confidence intervals to make inference about data
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