Institutional Learning Outcomes

Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs) include the knowledge, skills and competencies embedded within every aspect of the college to inspire and enhance each student’s transferable learning skills. The ILOs represent the broad categories of competence that enable students to be successful in further education, careers, as citizens and in their personal lives. They are: 

Communication Skills – Students will effectively express and exchange ideas through listening, speaking, reading, writing and other modes of interpersonal expression.

  • Effectively organize communications, ensuring there is a clear introduction and conclusion, the content is well-sequenced and there are appropriate transitions.
  • Make effective presentation, formatting and stylistic choices when developing a communication.
  • Understand the role of context, audience and purpose when developing a communication.
  • When communicating, use language that is appropriate to the audience.
  • Use visual representations such as graphs, charts or graphics to enhance the meaning of the message that is being communicated.
  • Use high-quality, credible, relevant sources to support writing.
  • Translate or explain what written information means and/or how it can be used.
  • Create a written summary of the main ideas extracted from information gathered.
  • Use appropriate posture, gestures, eye contact and vocal expressiveness to effectively communicate information.
  • Know and use active listening skills.

Critical Thinking Skills – Students will be able to gather and synthesize relevant information, evaluate alternatives and implement creative and effective solutions.

  • Clearly and completely state and describe a problem/issue.
  • Identify quality sources for data and information pertinent to a problem or issue being examined.
  • Use well-designed search strategies to gather data and information.
  • Use rules or frameworks to provide context for and understand problems or issues.
  • Create and/or organize data and information into meaningful patterns in order to interpret and draw inferences from it.
  • Evaluate information to identify limitations and biases.
  • Use creativity and alternative thinking to brainstorm new ideas and possible solutions to problems or issues.
  • Consider the context, costs, benefits and consequences of potential solutions to problems or issues.
  • Identify the best solution to a problem or issue.
  • Develop a plan to implement a solution to a problem or issue.

Social Responsibility Skills – Students will be prepared to practice community engagement that addresses environmental responsibility, social justice and cultural diversity.

  • Understand that there are different perspectives on community, national and international issues. 
  • Describe how knowledge and learning from the academic study/field/discipline relates to one’s participation in civic life, politics and government.
  • Understand the laws, regulations, institutional policies and etiquette related to the access and use of information resources. 
  • Describe the ethical and legal restrictions on the use of recorded, published and/or confidential materials, proprietary information and intellectual property.
  • Identify concerns, issues or problems about the local community.
  • Use reflection to examine personal beliefs and values and identify their origins and potential biases.
  • Describe the key elements of citizenship.
  • Discuss how communities, countries or cultures differ in their values, politics, communication styles, beliefs and practices. 
  • Articulate the importance of and how to find opportunities to volunteer/serve in the community.
  • Identify ethical dilemmas associated with environmental, social or cultural issues.

Personal Responsibility Skills – Students will become independent learners who understand and express the lifelong skills necessary for physical, social, economic, mental and emotional health.

  • Complete work accurately, with attention to detail. 
  • Work well in teams and with others.
  • Make connections between academic learning at GRCC and the knowledge and skills necessary for careers of interest.
  • Develop specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize and accomplish work.
  • Adapt to change by developing new ideas or finding improved ways of doing things.
  • Manage time effectively.
  • Give and receive constructive feedback.  
  • Make informed and effective decisions about personal finances. 
  • Make informed decisions about personal wellness (see institutional definition of wellness).
  • Articulate views through persuasive argument.

Student achievement of ILOs is assessed within their programs, courses and co-curricular experiences. The results of those assessments are used to improve the learning experiences at GRCC. Click here to learn more about assessment of student learning.