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. They were updated in 2016 and are undergoing review and updating in 2022 - 2023.

Access the ISLO assessment calendar to know when each of the ISLOs will be assessed. 

The ISLOs are assessed with a direct measure. The direct measure involves the use of a rubric (see below), which enables faculty to have a common language and criteria around assessment. Starting in 2021 – 2022, Skyline College will feature one of the ISLOs each year. Via professional development, faculty will gain insights about how to foster the featured ISLO through curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment design. Degree bearing programs are expected to participate in the assessment of the ISLO by applying the relevant criteria from the rubric to evaluate students' work within their disciplinary framework.   Specifically, degree bearing programs should assess at least one course that reinforces the featured ISLO, as indicated through the mapping, and therefore is well suited to assess the ISLO. They'll then discuss the course level results and report their findings in program review. The Institutional Effectiveness Committee will discusss the results in the aggregate.   



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ISLO graphic designed by former 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 and Creative Thinking Rubric (yellow) word/ pdf   

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

Critical thinking includes the ability to:

  • EXPLORING CONTEXT: identify and evaluate relevant ideas, perspectives, concepts, images, forms, sounds, and/or movements to respond to an intellectual or creative task/dilemma.
  • DEVELOPING APPROACH: develop a model, approach or strategy to respond to an intellectual or creative task/dilemma.
  • ADDRESSING INTELLECTUAL/CREATIVE CHALLENGE: creatively transform ideas, perspectives, concepts, images, forms, sounds, and/or movements to respond to an intellectual or creative task/dilemma.
  • THINKING INNOVATIVELY: interpret, synthesize, and/or transform ideas, perspectives, concepts, images, forms, sounds, and/or movements in a novel way.
  • SUPPORTING CLAIMS: support claims/conclusions with relevant and credible evidence and/or logical analysis.
  • RESPONDING TO BIAS: identify and address our own biases and those of others.


Effective Communication Rubric (red) word/ pdf  

Students will be able to communicate and comprehend effectively.

Effective communication includes the ability to:

  • COMPREHENDING AND ANALYZING: comprehend and analyze verbal and nonverbal media.
  • DELIVERING MESSAGE: effectively construct and deliver messages to express ideas and establish shared meaning.
  • DEVELOPING A CIVIL DISCOURSE COMMUNICATION FRAMEWORK: develop a non-hierarchical communication framework that establishes shared meaning through a sensitivity and receptivity to intersectional, cultural diversity.


Citizenship Rubric (blue) - undergoing an update in 2023

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 an understanding of their individual role in an interconnected world about a range of global issues.
  • demonstrate an understanding of how global, national and local organizations, ideas, and issues are interconnected (e.g., social, cultural, economic, political, and environmental).
  • demonstrate scientific literacy concerning a range of global issues.
  • demonstrate awareness and sensitivity about how their perspectives are shaped by their experiences and cultural values.
  • articulate similarities and contrasts among cultures, demonstrating knowledge of and sensitivity to various cultural values and issues.
  • recognize and apply ethical perspectives.
  • facilitate a positive, supportive group environment through demonstrated collegiality and leadership.
  • demonstrate commitment to active citizenship.


Information Literacy Rubric (purple) word/ pdf  

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

Information literacy includes the ability to:

  • APPLYING RESEARCH STRATEGIES: apply effective research strategies, including formulating and defining the scope of the research question, determining key concepts, and identifying relevant sources.
  • MAKING INFORMED CHOICES: make informed choices about credible and relevant information types and/or sources (journal, newspaper, magazine, interviews, media, etc.).
  • EVALUATING SOURCES: critically evaluate content for credibility, accuracy, and relevance.
  • ENGAGING DIVERSE VIEWS: proactively engage with diverse ideas, marginalized voices and/or world views while recognizing that information sources can be influenced by authority that is reinforced by existing power structures.
  • DEMONSTRATING ETHICAL AND LEGAL USE: use verbal and/or nonverbal media ethically and legally by appropriately citing and following copyright guidelines.
  • DEVELOPING A SCHOLARLY IDENTITY: develop and demonstrate scholarly identity by generating meaning rather than merely consuming and restating information.


Lifelong Wellness Rubric (green) word/ pdf  

Students will be able to employ practices that foster overall well-being and personal development. 

Lifelong wellness includes the ability to:

  • UNDERSTANDING PHYSICAL, MENTAL, AND/OR EMOTIONAL HEALTH: demonstrate an understanding of how physical, mental and/or emotional health relate to lifelong wellness.
  • VALUING CREATIVE EXPRESSION: demonstrate an understanding of how creative expression and artistic practice relate to self-discovery, personal development, self-advocacy, and emotional well-being.
  • EXHIBITING PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY: exhibit personal responsibility for identifying needs, determining resources, and accessing appropriate services to improve physical, mental and emotional health, and by extension, academic performance.
  • EMPLOYING A GROWTH MINDSET: employ the growth mindset by embracing effort and acknowledging setbacks as a step toward proficiency, seeking out support, and negotiating challenges to gain experience and confidence.
  • PRACTICING INTELLECTUAL HABITS OF MIND: practice intellectual habits of mind such as initiative, flexibility, intellectual curiosity, and an openness to diverse perspectives.