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Institutional Learning Outcomes

Seven institutional learning outcomes (also known as General Education Abilities) have been identified for all EMCC students to enhance while they attend Estrella Mountain Community College. These learning outcomes include:

  • Communication
  • Writing/Composition
  • Information Literacy
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Critical Thinking
  • Social, Civic, and Global Responsibility
  • Technological Literacy

Student mastery of these learning outcomes are measured using Bloom's Taxonomy, a gauge for measuring critical thinking.


Communication (oral) Learning Outcomes – Students will be able to effectively communicate information to a diverse audience.

Note: Estrella Mountain focuses on "informative speaking" with a focus on the physical and vocal delivery aspects.

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate appropriate use of eye contact, facial expressions, gestures, posture and vocal expressiveness to effectively communicate information
  • Demonstrate appropriate use of audio/visual, multimedia aid(s) during the presentation
  • Demonstrate appropriate rate, volume, pitch, and language during the presentation
  • Demonstrates appropriate language for the audience
  •  Prepare and present a well organized presentation appropriate for the audience

Navigate to the Communication (oral) rubric here.


Writing/Composition Skills Learning Outcomes - Students will effectively express and exchange ideas through written communication.

Students will be able to:

  • Organize writing while ensuring there is a clear introduction and conclusion, and the content is well-sequenced with appropriate transitions.
  • Arrange writing in an appropriate format for the assignment
  • Demonstrate correct use of citations, spelling, punctuation and grammar
  • Compose support/development to sustain the document’s focus
  • Employ appropriate use of subject matter within the writing
  • Identify focus/main idea/thesis

Navigate to the Communication (written) rubric here.


Critical Thinking Learning Outcomes – Students will be able to gather and synthesize relevant information, evaluate alternatives and implement creative and effective solutions (Grand Rapids Community College, 2018).

Students will be able to:

  • Identify and recall information
  • Organize information and retell in own words
  • Analyze and provide support including rationale to the problem
  • Support their interpretation of problem, answer and/or conclusion

Navigate to the Critical Thinking rubric here.

Source: Grand Rapids Community College. (2018). Institutional Learning Outcomes. Retrieved from Grand Rapids Community College: https://cms.grcc.edu/instructionalsupport/curriculumdevelopment/institutionallearningoutcomes


Social, Civic, and Global Responsibility Learning Outcomes – Students will be able to recognize, understand, and demonstrate awareness of diverse viewpoints surrounding social, civic and global issues.

Students will be able to:

  • Identify key characteristics and stakeholders of the issue
  • Analyze the consequences of the issue for all stakeholders
  • Evaluate viewpoints of an issue
  • Decide on responsible behaviors addressing the issue at the individual level
  • Decide on responsible behaviors addressing the issue at the social, civic, or global level

Navigate to the Social, Civic, and Global Responsibility Rubric here.


Technological Literacy Learning Outcomes - Students will be able to demonstrate effective use of different forms of technology including using the technology to make informed decisions. 

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate computer literacy
  • Demonstrate online literacy
  • Demonstrate problem solving
  • Demonstrate media literacy

Navigate to the Technological Literacy Rubric here.


Information Literacy Learning Outcomes - Students will be able to find, retrieve, analyze, and use information.

Students will be able to:

  • Recognize the need for information. Construct research question and searching strategy.
  • Understand issues affecting the use of information while observing laws, regulations, and institutional policies.
  • Know where to find information. Use information for a specific purpose.
  • Analyze information needs to determine best sources.
  • Evaluate validity of sources, understand peer review, primary, and other types of sources. Consider author's bias.
  • Create original work using information from sources using correct citation format

Navigate to the Information Literacy Rubric here.


Quantitative Reasoning Learning Outcomes - Students will demonstrate the ability to make analytical comparisons, conjectures, interpretations, predictions, and generalizations. Students will choose appropriate tools and effectively apply a strategy for a solution.

This is currently being modified and vetted through faculty and the assessment committee. Stay tuned.

Navigate to the current Quantitative Reasoning Rubric here.