General Education/ Institutional Learning Outcomes and Assessment

Palomar College has identified a set of General Education/Institutional Learning Outcomes, which represent the overall set of abilities and qualities a student graduating from Palomar should possess. These outcomes were adopted from the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ LEAP framework and modified by Palomar College faculty, administrators, and staff to reflect the College’s particular set of values. Each year, the College will assess student progress in achieving these outcomes.

Courses and Programs Mapped to General Education/Institutional Learning Outcomes

Courses mapped to GE/ILOsPrograms mapped to GE/ILOs
Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural WorldKnowledge and Cultures of the Physical and Natural World
Inquiry and AnalysisInquiry and Analysis
Critical and Creative ThinkingCritical and Creative Thinking
Written and Oral CommunicationWritten and Oral Communication
Artistic PerceptionArtistic Perspective
Quantitative LiteracyQuantitative Literacy
Information LiteracyInformation Literacy
Digital LiteracyDigital Literacy
Teamwork and Problem SolvingTeamwork and Problem Solving
Civic Knowledge and EngagementCivic Knowledge and Engagement
Intercultural Knowledge and CompetenceIntercultural Knowledge and Competence
Ethical Reasoning and ActionEthical Reasoning and Action
Foundations and Skills for Lifelong LearningFoundations and Skills for Lifelong Learning
Integrative LearningIntegrative Learning

Palomar College GE/Institutional Student Learning Outcomes

Outcome 1: 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.

Outcome 2: 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.

Outcome 3: 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

Outcome 4: 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 –