A Special meeting of the College’s Board of Trustees will take place on Thursday, November 20th, at 4:00 p.m. in Room 114 of the Captree Commons Building on the Michael J. Grant Campus in Brentwood

Institutional and General Education Learning Outcomes

At Suffolk County Community College students will develop the skills they need for lifelong learning and acquire the disciplinary knowledge relevant to a career or transfer degree. The College is committed to academic integrity and promoting honesty, hard work, and the determination to translate personal and professional principles into behavior.1

 

This Value Statement aligns with the College Mission and Goals and with Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs), which articulate learning expectations for students across all curricula and programs of study. These ILOs will be published, following final editorial review, in the 2014-2016 College Catalog.

 

Prior to governance approval of these ILOs, the College used the SUNY General Education Learning Outcomes to assess the institution’s overall effectiveness in supporting teaching and learning. For your information, a crosswalk has been developed that lays out linkages between the new Institutional and the SUNY General Education Learning Outcomes.

Crosswalk between the Approved Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs) and the SUNY General Education Learning Outcomes

SCCC Institutional Learning Outcome (ILO)

SUNY General Education Learning Outcomes

Aesthetic Literacy

Aesthetic literacy focuses on the student’s ability to recognize, appreciate, and interpret aesthetic expressions, for example visual, musical, dramatic, literary, etc.

The Arts

Understanding of at least one principal form of artistic expression and the creative process inherent therein

Humanities

Knowledge of the conventions and methods of at least one of the humanities in addition to those encompassed by other knowledge areas required by the General Education program

Collaboration and Problem Solving

Collaboration and problem solving is the process of designing, evaluating and implementing a strategy in a group to answer an open-ended question or achieve a desired goal.

Critical Thinking (Reasoning)

Identify, analyze and evaluate arguments as they occur in their own or other’s work and develop well-reasoned arguments

Critical and Creative Thinking

Critical thinking is the comprehensive exploration of issues, ideas, artifacts, and events before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion while creative thinking is the capacity to combine or synthesize ideas, images, or expertise in original ways, characterized by a high degree of innovation, divergent thinking, and risk taking.

Critical Thinking (Reasoning)

Identify, analyze and evaluate arguments as they occur in their own or other’s work and develop well-reasoned arguments

Environmental Awareness

Environmental awareness is an understanding of the scientific and philosophical issues that underpin environmental sustainability.

Natural Sciences

Understanding of the methods scientists use to explore natural phenomena, including observation, hypothesis development, measurement and data collection, experimentation, evaluation of evidence, employment of mathematical analysis, and application of scientific data, concepts, and models in one of the natural sciences

Ethical Reasoning and Action

Ethical reasoning requires students to assess their own values in social, historical, environmental and global contexts. Ethical action is the preparedness of a student to assess, decide, implement and reflect on his or her own actions and assume responsibility for those actions.

Critical Thinking (Reasoning)

Identify, analyze and evaluate arguments as they occur in their own or other’s work and develop well-reasoned arguments

 

 

 

Health Awareness

Health awareness is having the knowledge to achieve a state of optimal physical, mental, and social well-being.

Not Applicable

Historical Awareness

Historical awareness is an examination of human institutions over time leading to an understanding of the relationship among events, ideas, and artifacts.

Western Civilization

Knowledge of the development of the distinctive features of the history, institutions, economy, society, culture, etc., of Western civilization; relate the development of Western civilization to that of other regions of the world.

American History

Knowledge of a basic narrative of American History: political, economic, social, and cultural, including knowledge of unity and diversity in American society and Knowledge of common institutions in American society and how they have affected different groups

Information Literacy

Information literacy is the ability to know when there is a need for information, and then locate, evaluate, and use that information effectively and ethically, while understanding the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information.

Information Management

Perform the basic operations of personal computer use (See ILO: Technological Competency), understand and use basic research techniques, and locate, evaluate, and synthesize information from a variety of sources

Intercultural and Global Knowledge

Intercultural and global knowledge is an understanding of cultures and world views different than one’s own.

Other World Civilizations

Knowledge of either a broad outline of world history, or Knowledge of the distinctive features of the history, institutions, economy, society, culture, etc. of one non-Western civilization

Foreign Language

Basic proficiency in the understanding and use of a foreign language and knowledge of the distinctive features of culture(s) associated with the language they are studying

Quantitative Reasoning

Quantitative reasoning is the ability to organize and analyze numerical data.

Mathematics

Interpret and draw inferences from mathematical models such as formulas, graphs, tables and schematics, represent mathematical information symbolically, visually, numerically, and verbally, employ quantitative methods such as arithmetic, algebra, geometry, or statistics to solve problems, estimate and check mathematical results for reasonableness, and recognize the limits of mathematical and statistical methods

Scientific Reasoning

Scientific reasoning is an understanding of the methods scientists use to explore natural phenomena and the application of scientific data, concepts, and models.

Natural Sciences

Understanding of the methods scientists use to explore natural phenomena, including observation, hypothesis development, measurement and data collection, experimentation, evaluation of evidence, employment of mathematical analysis, and application of scientific data, concepts, and models in one of the natural sciences

Social Sciences

Understanding of the methods social scientists use to explore social phenomena, including observation, hypothesis development, measurement and data collection, experimentation, evaluation of evidence, and employment of mathematical and interpretive analysis

Technological Competency

Technological competency is the ability to select and apply contemporary technology to compile information or solve problems.

Information Management

Perform the basic operations of personal computer use, understand and use basic research techniques (See ILO: Information Literacy), and locate, evaluate, and synthesize information from a variety of sources (See ILO: Information Literacy)

Written and Oral Communication

Written and oral communication is the ability to create effective and purposeful texts and presentations designed to increase knowledge, foster understanding, or promote change in the audience’s attitudes, values, beliefs, or behaviors.

Basic Communication

Produce coherent texts within common college-level written forms, demonstrate the ability to revise and improve such texts, research a topic, develop an argument, and organize supporting details, develop proficiency in oral discourse, and evaluate an oral presentation according to established criteria

 

 

1 In the process of creating these ILOs, governance looked at the learning outcomes at a variety of colleges, including Herkimer County Community College and Cornell University, and borrowed language in the Values Statement from the University of Missouri’s academic integrity policy. The AAC&U’s (Association of American Colleges and Universities) LEAP (Liberal Education and America’s Promise) Essential Learning Outcomes were also a key resource.