Guiding Principles for Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes
Kishwaukee College is committed to providing excellent, innovative and affordable
educational opportunities to our students, and we measure our success in providing
those opportunities. We have developed Institutional Student Learning Outcomes (ISLOs)
measures that are in line with the following basic principles:
- We affirm the importance of developing student learning outcomes that are derived
from our mission and vision statements: Kishwaukee College improves lives through
quality, affordable education. We will be a leader in providing innovative education
in the local community.
- We maintain that the outcomes we develop should apply to all of the different constituencies
of learners we serve, including those in transfer programs, career technology programs,
adult education programs, developmental courses and continuing education.
- We believe in the importance of measuring outcomes in both curricular programs and
co-curricular programs and services such as athletics and student organizations.
- We affirm the importance of measuring outcomes at all levels (college level, program
level, course level) and recognize that different measuring instruments may be appropriate
at different levels.
- We maintain that the importance of outcome measures is to be found in their invaluable
role in the continuous improvement of the educational opportunities we offer at all
- We believe that developing, measuring and using student learning outcomes is a dynamic
process — one that should be a regular part of what we do both in planning and delivering
educational opportunities and demonstrating our accountability to our learners, our
community and our accreditors.
Institutional-Level Student Learning Outcomes
Kishwaukee College improves lives through quality, affordable education and will be
a leader in providing innovative education in the local community. To that end, we
aim to improve lives by guiding students in the development of a set of four core
competencies in our curricular and co-curricular programs that will enable them to
Learners will be able to understand, apply and analyze concepts. Learners will develop
the ability to organize their thinking about concepts according to the dictates of
sound reasoning, as appropriate. Learners will demonstrate the capacity to formulate
appropriate conclusions based on their reasoning.
Learners will exhibit the ability to recognize connections and transfer concepts between
areas, as appropriate. Learners will demonstrate the ability to synthesize concepts
and ideas. Learners will use innovative thinking and explore multiple perspectives
in formulating solutions to problems encountered in different aspects of their experience.
Learners will be able to formulate a central message and share it with others. Learners
will demonstrate the ability to support that central message and present their discourse
according to sound organizational principles. Learners will exhibit an appropriate
command of the elements necessary for communicating that central message to others.
Learners will recognize the various factors that shape individual and group identity,
with an emphasis on the various components of culture. Learners will demonstrate the
capacity to engage differences in various social settings.
We assess these competencies in multiple ways at the course, program and institutional
levels. We measure General Education Outcomes through the AA/AS Program Student Learning
Outcomes with embedded measures. We measure AAS Program Student Learning Outcomes
and Certificate student learning outcomes with embedded measures. We measure Co-Curricular
programs with reflective surveys and embedded measures mapped to Institutional Student
Learning Outcomes. Faculty and staff report curricular and co-curricular results by
semester on an Outcomes Assessment Report due in late spring, and use this information
in making annual plans submitted each fall. These activities are coordinated by the
faculty lead Assessment Committee and are overseen by the Vice President of Instruction.