Student Guide to Learning Outcomes

Going to college is a big investment in your life and you need to know that your time, money and effort will be worth it. Student learning outcomes assessment ensures that LBCC delivers an engaging, relevant learning experience to students like you.

We want all students, regardless of educational goals, to know what student learning outcomes are and where to find them. Having access to this information will assist you as you choose your courses, a major, or a program. It will also help you track your learning through a degree or certificate program and provide you with a clear understanding of what’s expected of you and your professors. 

So what exactly are student learning outcomes and what do we do with them? In a nutshell, student learning outcomes identify what you should be learning in a program or a course. If you review the SLOs for your course or program you will see that they are essentially the knowledge, skills, abilities, and/or attitudes that faculty members expect you to master during your schooling. Every year, faculty assess these outcomes to discover whether students are learning what faculty has said they should be learning and the results of these assessments guide faculty in making improvements to curriculum, course and program design, instruction, and assessment systems. SLO assessment is also a way to inform the community and outside agencies about the quality of student learning and success. 

You also might be thinking, what can you do, as a student, with SLOs? Ultimately, SLOs are something you can use throughout your LBCC experience. Since SLOs indicate the scope and difficulty of learning, you can use them to determine your level of commitment and what kind of support or assistance will be necessary for your success. SLOs can provide you with a clear learning plan so you can really accomplish everything you want to do at LBCC. You can tell employers, “this is what I learned at LBCC” and “this is what I can show you that I can do because of having finished this course or program.” You can also demonstrate to university professors your grasp of the undergraduate knowledge necessary to build upon as you move forward in your major.