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General Education GE/Institutional SLOs

Over the course of the Fall, 2009 semester, the Learning Outcomes Council discussed possible learning outcomes that would describe in broad terms what students will have achieved when completing their educational goals at Palomar College. The following list is the recommendation of the Council and is under discussion now by the college. It has been adapted from the LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes Framework  developed by the Association of American Colleges and Universities. A full discussion of these outcomes by all constituencies continues during the Spring 2010 term. Join the discussion at the PC SLO/Assessment Blog or login at the PC Blackboard LOC Wiki where you can follow the Learning Outcomes Council discussion and writing of the GE/Institutional outcomes and related examples. (Login to the Wiki at the Blackboard shell: 1) Under "My Courses" click "Learning Outcomes," 2) in next window on the left-hand sidebar, click "GE/Institutional," 3) in next window, scroll to "GE/Institutional Proposed Framework with Examples" and click the wiki icon.)  At the April 1, 2010, LOC meeting, the Council approved the following GE/Institutional Student Learning Outcomes along with descriptions of example outcomes.

Palomar College GE/Institutional Student Learning Outcomes

The General Education Program at Palomar College promotes competence in various fields of knowledge, provides an academic foundation for lifelong learning, and enriches students’ lives. As a result of the general education experience, students will demonstrate:

Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World through

 • Study in the sciences and mathematics, social sciences, humanities, histories, languages, and the arts

Focused by engagement with big questions, both contemporary and enduring

Intellectual and Practical Skills, including

 • Inquiry and analysis

 • Critical and creative thinking

 • Written and oral communication

 • Artistic perception

 • Quantitative literacy

 • Information literacy

 • Digital literacy

 • Teamwork and problem solving

Practiced extensively, across the curriculum, in the context of progressively more challenging problems, projects, and standards for performance

Personal and Social Responsibility, including

 • Civic knowledge and engagement—local and global

 • Intercultural knowledge and competence

 • Ethical reasoning and action

 • Foundations and skills for lifelong learning

Anchored through active involvement with diverse communities and real-world challenges

Integrative Learning, including

 • Synthesis and advanced accomplishment across general and specialized studies

Demonstrated through the application of knowledge, skills, and responsibilities to new settings and complex problems

*This list has been adapted from the LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes Framework developed by the Association of American Colleges and Universities -

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