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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

​​​​​​​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.