About Outcomes

MiraCosta College Core Competencies

The MCC Core Competencies describe the broad general education learning outcomes students should have gained when completing transfer preparation (60 units including CSU or IGETC general education) or a degree, and through their exposure to different support and enrichment programs and services. Courses and programs map/align to these larger outcomes, and students gain exposure to some, but not necessarily all of them, from educational experiences that don’t encompass completion of a degree or transfer pattern. These statements were adapted from the “LEAP” Outcomes (Liberal Education and America’s Promise) developed under the auspices of the Association of American Colleges and Universities [http://www.aacu.org/leap]. The MiraCosta College Core Competencies were approved by the College Council on March 9, 2017.

Upon commencement of studies and progressing toward the completion of an educational goal, MiraCosta College students prepare for twenty-first century challenges by gaining:

Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World

Informed by awareness of global issues and trends, focused by engagement with big questions, both contemporary and enduring

Intellectual and Practical Skills, including

Anchored in applied learning through active involvement with real world challenges and diverse environmental, workplace, cultural, and community contexts

Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs)

Course SLOs and SLO assessments are developed and evaluated in a collaborative effort by instructors teaching a specific course.  The instructors are the experts in terms of information on the needs of the students, instruction, skill development, and practical application of concepts learned.   The course SLOs are vetted and established by the department. Conclusions based upon assessment evaluation data leads to constant and consistent improvement of curricula, pedagogical skills, and student services that assist in achieving those outcomes in the course.   The SLOs are developed and assessed by discipline experts in each department.  They emphasize student abilities gained through learning and applying the course objectives. Assessment tools should allow students to demonstrate higher level thinking. For example, a math assessment item which requires a student to create a model, perform the relevant operations, and arrive at a conclusion about the validity of the model attains Level VI in Blooms Taxonomy, whereas an item which merely has the student identify an operation only attains Level I. Please see the Faculty Resource page for links to Action Words for Bloom's Taxonomy and Charts of Revised and Original Taxonomy for information relating to vocabulary and question phrasing which is useful for SLO wording and the framing of SLO assessment items.

Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs)