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 rupdated in 2016  , and are undergoing review and updating in 2022. 

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 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.
  • develop awareness of and ability to respond to bias.
  • 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:

  • COMPREHENSION AND ANALYSIS: comprehend and analyze verbal and nonverbal media.
  • MESSAGE DELIVERY: effectively construct and deliver messages to express ideas and establish shared meaning.
  • 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)

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)

Students will be able to demonstrate skills central to information 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.
  • use information ethically and legally.


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 responsibility for identifying personal needs, determining resources, and accessing appropriate services for academic success.
  • exhibit resilience by embracing effort as a path to mastery, persisting in the face of setbacks, and acknowledging and overcoming challenges.
  • develop attitudes central to lifelong learning: openness, flexibility, intellectual curiosity, and a broad perspective that values diversity of thought.