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Southwestern College has identified four Institutional Student Learning Outcomes (ISLOs - formerly known as Core Competencies). ISLOs describe what students should be able to demonstrate, represent or produce upon completing a degree at SWC.

The ISLOs are categorized into four achievement areas - Communication, Thinking and Reasoning, Information Competency and Global Awareness. Under each achievement area is a list of detailed skills students should master by the time they complete a program or transfer from Southwestern College.

Ideally, when students graduate or transfer from SWC, they will have mastered each of the critical skills listed in each achievement area.

Each outcome assessed on campus should link to one of the critical skills listed in the achievement areas below.

Communication Skills (Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing)

1. Listen and speak actively and critically to identify a person's position and then analyze it to determine its quality.

2. Present ideas in a clear and organized way to others.

3. Analyze and evaluate text in writing.

Thinking and Reasoning (Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking, Quantitative Reasoning)

4. Formulate and share ideas, analyze the ideas of others, integrate them into their thinking.

5. Assess and analyze data and information as they investigate issues and solve problems.

6. Use quantitative reasoning to identify, analyze and solve quantitative problems.

Information Competency (Research and Technology)

7. Research topics by identifying, analyzing and assessing the ideas from a variety of sources to conduct research.

8. Students will use print material and technology to identify research needs and develop and evaluate information effectively and responsibly.

Global Awareness (Social, Cultural, and Civic Responsibility)

9. Collegially work with diverse groups of people.

10. Identify and examine the cultural values of different ethnic groups in a sensitive and respectful manner.

11. Analyze and evaluate the influence that science, mass media, politics, socio-economics, technology, lifestyle, art, environment, religion or history have on society.

12. Analyze and critique the ethical implications of decision making on personal behavior, and on social, political or economic institutions.

13. Evaluate and determine if a given set of economic, social and environmental systems and practices are sustainable in the long term.

Aesthetic Sensitivity and Historical Literacy (History, Creativity, and Artistic and Perceptual Experiences.)

14. Identify, examine and critique the aesthetic, political, scientific, philosophical or and historical elements of human culture.

15. Demonstrate creative thinking and artistic sensitivity in creating works of art and effectively describe the artistic processes used.

16. Analyze and critique the philosophical, technical, historical, cultural and aesthetic qualities of works of art.

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