Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes is the broad term to describe the campus endeavor towards improving student learning. Learning Outcomes tell students what they will know or be able to do at each stage of their studies (e.g. courses, programs, co-curricular experiences). The Student Learning Outcomes and Assessment Committee guides the campus through learning outcomes assessments and establishes practices to ensure smooth processes.

Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

Victor Valley College has adopted the following institutional outcomes to define the learning that all students are intended to achieve as a result of their experience with the college’s instructional, student support, and campus support programs.

Communication

Read and write analytically including evaluation, synthesis, and research; deliver focused and coherent presentations.

Computation

Apply complex problem-solving skills using technology, computer proficiency, decision analysis (synthesis and evaluation), applications of mathematical concepts and reasoning, and the analysis and use of numerical data.

Creative, Critical and Analytical Thinking

Apply procedures for sound reasoning in the exercise of judgment and decision making; demonstrate intellectual curiosity and a respect for learning; solve problems through analysis, synthesis, evaluation and creativity; identify, evaluate and appropriate use of multiple sources of information.

Social and Personal Responsibility

Evaluate the relationship between natural, social and economic systems and the significance of sustainability; demonstrate responsible attitudes toward cultural diversity, citizenship, personal contribution to local and international communities, and the effect of human actions on the environment.

Information Competency

Students demonstrate information competency and critical thinking skills through their ability to effectively locate, retrieve, evaluate and utilize use library and information resources within the guidelines of academic standards to meet collegiate and personal information needs.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

A Program of Study identifies the pathway a student might take to complete a certificate of completion, certificate of achievement, an associate degree, or transfer to a four-year college or university. Each Program of Study defines the Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) to be achieved. Victor Valley College offers several Programs of Study listed in the Instructional Programs section of this catalog. The Program Learning Outcomes for each Program of Study are listed in the respective departmental areas. PLOs can also be found at this link http://www.vvc.edu/offices/cfie/plos.shtml.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Each course a student takes at VVC will have defined outcomes called Student Learning Outcomes. These describe the knowledge, skills, or abilities that student should expect to gain by the end of the course. Student Learning Outcomes are listed on the syllabus for each course. SLOs can also be found at this link http://www.vvc.edu/offices/cfie/slos.shtml.

Courses meeting the VVC general education requirements will also be linked to Institutional Learning Outcomes. The General Education pattern at Victor Valley College is a comprehensive and integrated introduction to broadly applicable principles, concepts, and methods of the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, communication, and mathematics. The awarding of an associate degree by VVC is intended to represent more than an accumulation of units. It is to symbolize a successful attempt on the part of the student to complete a series of learning experiences designed to increase knowledge, develop competencies, enhance insights, and encourage lifelong learning.