Multiple Levels of Learning Outcomes and Assessment

Course Student Learning Outcomes (Course SLOs)

are learning outcomes that we expect students to achieve after they have completed a course.


Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

are learning outcomes we expect students to achieve after completing a degree or path of study.



Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

represent the skills and knowledge that students are expected to attain as a result of completing an instructional program at BCC. Students completing an Associate Degree at BCC will be able to demonstrate all of the BCC Institutional Learning Outcomes. All BCC courses and certificates are designed to teach some or all of the ILO’s. In addition, students achieve these ILO’s throughout their experiences at BCC, for example, with student services and student clubs.

2019-2023 ILO Assessment Schedule


Communication Students show that they communicate well when they:

  • critically read, write, and communicate interpersonally, with audience awareness; and
  • analyze communications for meaning, purpose, effectiveness, and logic.
  • work effectively with others in groups

Assessment Rubric

Critical Thinking Students demonstrate critical thinking skills when they:

  • identify problems or arguments and isolate facts related to arguments;
  • use evidence and sound reasoning to justify well-informed positions; and
  • generate multiple solutions to problems and predict consequences.

Assessment Rubric

Computational Skills/Quantitative Reasoning Students demonstrate computational skills when they:

  • master computational concepts and apply them to concrete problems; and
  • demonstrate algorithmic competence.

Assessment Rubric

Ethics and Personal Responsibility Students show the ability to act ethically and assume personal responsibility when they:

  • analyze the consequences of their actions and the impact of these actions on society and the self; and
  • demonstrate collaborative involvement in community interests.

Assessment Rubric

Global Awareness and Valuing Diversity Students demonstrate global awareness and show that they value diversity when they:

  • identify and explain diverse customs, beliefs, and lifestyles; and
  • analyze how cultural, historical, and geographical issues shape perceptions.

Assessment Rubric

Information Competency Students demonstrate information competency when they:

  • find, evaluate, use, and communicate information in all its various formats;
  • use library and online resources and research methodology effectively; and
  • use technology effectively.

Assessment Rubric



Service Area Outcomes (SAOs)

are explicit statements describing knowledge, skills, abilities, and/or attitudes that a student will be able to demonstrate at the end (or as a result) of his or her engagement in a particular lesson, course, program, or collegiate experience.