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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.
SFCC General Education Assessment (logo)

SFCC's General Education Outcomes are derived from the Association of American Colleges & Universities' LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes:

  • Communication
  • Creative & Critical Thinking
  • Diverse Perspectives
  • Information Literacy
  • Quantitative Literacy

In a two-year cycle, faculty design and administer assessments for two outcomes, and collect and analyze the results in year one. In the second year, faculty use those results to improve their instruction and curriculum while designing and administering assessments for the next three outcomes. Faculty norm and assess randomly-selected, anonymous pieces of students' work using rubrics modified from AAC&U's VALUE Rubrics.

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