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What Are Learning Outcomes?

The Institutional Teaching And Learning Improvement Coordinating (ITALIC) Committee supports and promotes assessment from the classroom to the program level. For over two decades, the committee has been actively involved in assessing student learning to improve instruction and institutional effectiveness.

The mission of the SFCC ITALIC Committee is to promote effective teaching and to facilitate student learning by supporting educational assessment at the course level and coordinating the assessment of degrees, programs, and instructional delivery systems.

For more information, please contact Heather Keast:


Three Students
  1. Academic Excellence in which both the learner and teacher are responsible for the learning that reflects intellectual vitality, curiosity, creativity, and rigor.
  2. Academic Freedom in which we recognize freedom of speech, expression and ideas as well as the rights of students, faculty, and staff involved in intellectual inquiry in the development of knowledge.
  3. Collaboration in governance and working collegially in partnerships which recognize the synergy resulting from broad participation and valuing all voices.
  4. Diversity in our students, faculty, staff and community in the belief that it enriches our learning and growth.
  5. Personal Excellence which reflects integrity and caring in the entire work of the college.
  6. Respect for each other in recognition of diverse life experiences and the promotion of collegiality based on the belief in human rights and the dignity of each individual.
  7. Student Success enhanced by our comprehensive support services designed to help students succeed.
  8. Environmental Stewardship through which we demonstrate our respect and responsibility for the natural environment.
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Faculty representing each distribution area defined a core set of college-wide learning outcomes for the General Education requirements of the A.A. degree.

Students taking courses which the Curriculum and Graduation Requirements Committee accept as meeting a distribution requirement must demonstrate the knowledge and/or skills identified in these learning outcomes.

Select from the links below to learn more about the defined learning outcomes for each distribution area.

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The ability to make connections that create meaning between themselves and their audience.

  • Observe, read, and listen critically with openness, understanding and respect

  • Gather, use, and document information from and within a specific field

  • Identify and use vocabularies within specific fields

  • Evaluate the origin and purposes of messages

  • Organize information to develop/support ideas

  • Clearly and logically articulate own position on an issue

  • Effectively communicate with varied audiences for a variety of purposes
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Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning

  • Attach meaning to abstract symbols and know when to apply the appropriate symbolic/quantitative process, model, or skill

  • Interpret and make inferences from graphical and numerical data, and be able to translate data to graphical representation

  • Demonstrate the ability to reason using axiomatic principles, definitions, and theorems
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  • Become familiar with the discipline’s specialized language

  • Comprehend elements of tradition and change within a discipline in the humanities

  • Participate in a humanities discipline as an artist or practitioner, as a scholar, or as an active and critical member of an audience community

  • Gain increased understanding and appreciation of the human condition
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  • Accept the intellectual obligation to subject personal preferences and inherited assumptions to the scrutiny of critical theory and the test of evidence

  • Demonstrate an understanding of human beings within themselves and within their communities: a recognition of them biologically, socially, and historically

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the range of methods and interpretive structures, empirical and analytical, by which the social sciences investigate the lives of individuals and societies

  • Critically employ the methodologies of the social sciences
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  • Use sound scientific practices to develop and apply techniques to solve problems and evaluate the relevancy and accuracy of information

  • Use appropriate language and vocabulary to demonstrate concepts in mathematics, physical sciences, and life sciences
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Health Related/PE/Recreational/Leisure

  • Gain the knowledge and skills that allow a person to live a healthier and richer life

  • Participate in activities that provide personal growth and development in such areas as visual arts, performing arts, health, and physical education

  • Develop an appreciation for active engagement in health and leisure activities