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ISLO Assessments

Skyline College shaped, adopted, and published in the College Catalog five Institutional Student Learning Outcomes   (ISLOs), which are derived from the AA/AS degree requirements: Effective Communication, Critical Thinking, Information Literacy, Citizenship, and Lifelong Wellness.

Access the ISLO assessment calendar   to know when each of the five ISLOs will be assessed. And access the list of which courses are mapped to which ISLOs  , which is updated each semester.

The ISLOs are assessed with a direct and indirect measure. The direct measure involves the use of a common rubric (see below), which enables faculty to have a common language and criteria around assessment. Each of the ISLOs is scheduled to be assessed on a given semester, with one to two per academic year, until each of the five is assessed by faculty across the disciplines. Select faculty whose courses map up to the ISLO that is scheduled to be assessed that semester use the common rubric to evaluate students’ work within their disciplinary framework. The data resulting from the assessment is then analyzed and discussed by the SLOAC Steering Committee and departments as they complete their program review. A campus-wide forum is also held on an annual basis to discuss ISLO assessment results.

The indirect measure is through the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE). The CCSSE is a tool used to measure how students perform on standards relative to student engagement. The data resulting from this assessment is then analyzed and discussed by the SLOAC Steering Committee, and various participatory governance committees.


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ISLO graphic designed by Skyline student Livius Darmawan


Upon completing an A.A./ A.S. degree and/or transfer preparation, students will show evidence of ability in the following core competency areas:

Critical Thinking Rubric   (yellow)

Students will be able to demonstrate critical thinking skills in problem solving across the disciplines and in daily life.

Critical thinking includes the ability to:

  • Support claims with relevant and credible evidence.
  • Respond to bias; be fair-minded.
  • Apply accurate and logical analysis to achieve desired outcome.

Effective Communication Rubric   (red)

Students will be able to communicate and comprehend effectively.

Effective communication includes the ability to:

  • comprehend, analyze, and respond appropriately to oral, written, and other sensory information.
  • effectively express ideas through speaking and writing.

Citizenship Rubric   (blue)

Students will be able to use knowledge acquired from their experiences at this college to be ethically responsible, culturally proficient citizens, informed and involved in civic affairs locally,nationally, and globally.

Citizenship includes the ability to:

  • demonstrate scientific literacy concerning a range of global issues
  • articulate similarities and contrasts among cultures, demonstrating knowledge of and sensitivity to various cultural values and issues.
  • develop attitudes central to lifelong learning: openness, flexibility, intellectual curiosity, and a broad perspective that values diversity of thought.
  • demonstrate appropriate social skills in group settings, listening and being receptive to others’ ideas and feelings, effectively contributing ideas, and demonstrating leadership by motivating others.
  • demonstrate commitment to active citizenship.

Information Literacy Rubric   (purple)

Students will be able to demonstrate skills central to computer literacy.

Information literacy includes the ability to:

  • effectively locate and access information in numerous formats using a variety of appropriate search tools.
  • evaluate the relevance, quality, and credibility of a wide variety of information sources using critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Lifelong Wellness Rubric   (green)

Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of lifelong wellness through physical fitness and personal development.

Lifelong wellness includes the ability to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of physical fitness and its role in lifelong wellness.
  • take personal responsibility for identifying psycho-social needs, determining resources, and accessing appropriate services for academic success.
  • (approved for pilot) exhibit a growth mindset, such as seeing effort as a path to mastery, persisting in the face of setbacks, embracing challenges, and learning from constructive criticism.