Institutional Learning Outcomes

The five (5) Institutional Learning Outcomes listed below describe the skills and abilities the student should be able to demonstrate after completing the requirements for an Associate Degree at San Bernardino Valley College. These Institutional Learning Outcomes are embedded in our established pattern of general education courses, in our more advanced major-preparation courses, and in the student service learning experiences we provide over the span of a student’s enrollment at the college. In addition, assignments that lead to the acquisition of these core skill sets are embedded in the coursework required for vocational certificates. The Institutional Learning Outcomes are:

  1. Communication Skills
    Literacy: Reading, listening, observing, speaking, and writing.
    Interpersonal Skills: Working with individuals and groups, including conflict resolution and giving/receiving constructive feedback.
  2. Quantitative Skills
    Mathematical Theory: Understanding mathematical concepts and structures.
    Applied Mathematics: Applying mathematical skills and numerical data to analyze and solve real world problems.
    Mathematical Visualization: Using graphs, charts, and tables.
  3. Critical Thinking Skills
    Information Literacy: Finding, interpreting, and evaluating information in print, electronic, and non-electronic media sources.
    Logical Reasoning: Constructing, supporting, analyzing, and evaluating arguments.
    Problem Solving: Using evidence-based reasoning to articulate a problem and propose hypotheses or solutions.
    Creativity: Using creative reasoning for problem solving and personal and social expression.
  4. Discipline Specific Skills
    Discipline Theory: Understanding and employing discipline vocabulary, ideas, theories, standards, and ethics.
    Discipline Technology: Using tools, computers, instruments, and equipment relevant to discipline.
    Discipline Performance: Working in labs, workshops, clinics, performances, and work experience relevant to discipline.
  5. Personal, Social, Professional Responsibility
    Self-Knowledge:
    Understanding and evaluating personal strengths, weaknesses, biases, and values.
    Goal Setting: Setting goals that are realistic and balance educational, professional, and personal life.
    Cultural Awareness: Understanding and respecting one’s own culture, other cultures, and diversity.
    Ethics: Understanding and practicing ethics, intellectual honesty, fairness, and personal responsibility.

For additional information on SBVC’s outcomes, including a link to the Course Outline of Record, please visit the SBVC Outcomes webpage.