Student Learning Outcomes

What are Student Learning Outcomes?

SLO Committee

Committee Co-Chairs
Debbie Newcomb, Faculty
Dr. Phillip Briggs, Dean of Institutional Effectiveness

SLO Facilitators
Andrea Horigan, Faculty
Debbie Newcomb, Faculty


Committee Members
Jack Bennett, Faculty
Phillip Briggs, Dean
Philip Clinton, Faculty
Nathan Cole, Faculty
Vandana Gavaskar, Coordinator
William Hart, Director
Kim Hoffmans, VP
Raeanne Koerner, Dean
Alex Kolesnik, Faculty
Claudia Peter, Faculty
David Reed, Faculty
Rebecca Russell, Supervisor
Peter Sezzi, Faculty
Chief Sidnam, Staff
Corey Wendt, Coordinator
Brent Wilson, Faculty
Lynn Wright, Dean
Jenchi Wu, Faculty
Pamela Yeagley, Staff


Student learning outcomes are learning goals set by the course instructor, program faculty or institution and are vital to the interactive learning process. They are the knowledge, skills, activities, and attitudes that a student has attained from his or her engagement in a particular set of collegiate experiences. (adapted from the ACCJC Standards Glossary).

ACCJC SLO Status Report for 2012

 Students studying

 What are the Benefits of having Student Learning Outcomes?

 For Students at Ventura College:

  • They provide clear and concise statements of the expected knowledge and/or attitudes students are supposed to demonstrate from an assignment, a course, or at the end of a program.
  • They provide students with a way to articulate the knowledge and abilities that they have gained and to express what they know to others.
  • They provide clear and concise statements of an expected experience a student will receive from a service program.
  • They provide students with an awareness of the expected outcome of an assignment, program or service and the criteria upon which they will be assessed.

 For Faculty and Staff at Ventura College, outcomes will:

  • Assist departments and service programs to initiate a dialogue for improvement of their methodologies or service.
  • Ensure that appropriate assessment strategies are employed.
  • Help communicate clear learning goals to their students.
  •  Help improve teaching, learning and communication with students.