Institutional Learning Outcomes Assessment


Assessment at this level measures whether degree-seeking students leave with some level of mastery of the Institutional Learning Outcomes:

Through their respective disciplines, CGCC students who earn a degree can:

  1. Communicate effectively using appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. (Communication)
  2. Creatively solve problems by using relevant methods of research, personal reflection, reasoning, and evaluation of information. (Critical thinking and Problem-Solving)
  3. Extract, interpret, evaluate, communicate, and apply quantitative information and methods to solve problems, evaluate claims, and support decisions in their academic, professional and private lives. (Quantitative Literacy)
  4. Use an understanding of cultural differences to constructively address issues that arise in the workplace and community. (Cultural Awareness)
  5. Recognize the consequences of human activity upon our social and natural world. (Community and Environmental Responsibility)

Course and degree, certificate and program outcomes map up to Institutional Learning Outcomes. Assessment of Institutional Learning Outcomes has a broader scope than assessment of course, degree, certificate and program outcomes, assessing whether students, regardless of which degree they earn at CGCC, achieve the skills and knowledge that are at the foundation of CGCC's General Education program.

Analysis of the assessment results guides the General Education departments in making informed adjustments and improvements to the General Education program.

Assessment of the Institutional Learning Outcomes is a crucial piece of what CGCC must submit to our accrediting agency, NWCCU.


Each year, one Institutional Learning Outcome will be assessed by faculty, with the analysis completed by the Institutional Learning Outcome Assessment Committee.

Institutional Learning Outcomes Assessment Schedule

Instructors who teach courses that students would be taking towards the end of their degree (upper or 200-level courses) will be asked to assess student achievement of the Institutional Learning Outcome. Courses that indicate either a major or minor designation or a course outcome related to the ILO per the CCOG will be selected to be a part of the assessment process.

Results and Reports

Results 2015-16: ILO#1 Communication

Report 2015-16: ILO#1 Communication

Report on Evidence of Focused.Instruction to Improve Student Achievement of ILO#1 2015-21

Results 2016-17: ILO#2 Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving

Report 2016-17: ILO#2 Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving

Results 2017-18 ILO#4 Cultural Awareness

Report 2017-18 ILO#4 Cultural Awareness

Results 2018-19 ILO#5 Community and Environmental Responsibility

Report 2018-19 ILO#5 Community and Environmental Responsibility

Results 2019-20 ILO#3 Quantitative Literacy

Report 2019-20 ILO#3 Quantitative Literacy

Results 2020-21 ILO#1 Communication

Report 2020-21 ILO#1 Communication



Important Note to Instructors

Assessment of Institutional Learning Outcomes is different than Course Assessment or Instructor Evaluations: CGCC is compiling information on student achievement of ILOs to be analyzed by the General Education Department to determine where adjustments and improvements need to be made.

Assessment of Institutional Learning Outcomes is not about an individual instructor or an individual course: the purpose is to obtain a snap-shot on a more global perspective of student ability in formal college-level skills and knowledge related to the CLOs.


Institutional Learning Outcome Assessment Rubrics

1. Communication  Written Communication Rubric Oral Communication Rubric
2. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Critical Thinking Rubric Problem Solving Rubric
3. Quantitative Literacy Quantitative Literacy Rubric  
4. Cultural Awareness Intercultural Knowledge and Competence Rubric  
5. Community and Environmental Responsibility Community and Environmental Responsibility Rubric  




Critical Thinking Rubric

Problem Solving Rubric


Critical Thinking Scoring RubricONLINE FORM

Problem Solving Scoring RubricONLINE FORM

Ideas & Resources for Teaching to ILO#1: Communication

Ideas & Resources for Teaching to ILO #2: Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving

Ideas & Resources for Teaching to ILO#4: Cultural Awareness

Ideas & Resources for Teaching to ILO#5: Community and Environmental Responsibility

Ideas & Resources for Teaching to ILO#3 Quantitative Literacy

Namesort descending Title Email Phone
Gretchen Gebhardt Gretchen Gebhardt Geology Instructor
Mary (Katy) Jablonski Mary (Katy) Jablonski Writing & Literature Instructor
Kristen Kane Kristen Kane Academic Assessment Coordinator, Psychology Instructor (541) 506-6036
Dr. M. J. (Zip) Krummel M. J. (Zip) Krummel Social Science Department Chair, Psychology Instructor (541) 308-8217
Susan Lewis Susan Lewis Director of Curriculum & Academic Assessment, Accreditation Liaison Officer (541) 506-6047
Sara Wade Curriculum and Assessment Administrative Assistant (541) 506-6037