Institutional/GE Student Learning Outcomes

Ventura College Institutional Student Learning Outcomes (ISLOs) and Service Unit Outcomes (ISUOs)

ISLOs (Institutional SLOs) are broad educational goals that are shared across campus. These are the outcomes every student who leaves VC with a degree, certificate, vocational training, or sufficient credits and breadth to transfer with their GE work done, should be able to do or know. 

ISUOs (Institutional SUOs) are broad service support goals that are shared across campus. These are the outcomes of every service unit on campus in terms of how they support students as they attend VC to work towards their educational goal.

Institutional/General Education Student Learning Outcomes (ISLOs)

  1. Communication- Written, Oral, and Visual: Students will write, speak, perform, or create original content that communicates effectively and is facilitated by active listening skills.

  2. Reasoning- Scientific and Quantitative: Students will locate, identify, collect, and organize data in order to analyze, interpret, or evaluate it using mathematical skills and/or the scientific method.

  3. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: Students will recognize and identify the components of problems or issues, examine them from multiple perspectives and investigate the ways to resolve them using reasoned and supportable conclusions while differentiating between facts, influences, opinions, and assumptions.

  4.  Information Literacy: Students will formulate strategies to locate, evaluate, and apply information from a variety of sources in a variety of formats, such as print and/ or electronic.

  5. Personal/Community Awareness and Academic/ Career Responsibilities: Students will examine the ethical responsibilities and the dynamic role of individuals and active citizens in society. Students will develop skills and employ strategies to self- manage their personal, academic, and career goals and to cooperate, collaborate, and interact successfully within groups and with a variety of cultures, peoples, and situations.

 Institutional Service Unit Outcomes

  1. The Service will support or facilitate a positive learning or service environment for students.

  2. The Service will support or facilitate institutional accountability by monitoring and ensuring compliance with statutory mandates, local policy and procedures, and state or federal law.


ISLO and ISUO Rubrics

Please note:  Rubrics have multiple components to be used for assessments.  When using these rubrics, you may use only the components that are relevant to your assessment.  It is not necessary to use all components unless they apply to your assessment tool.


ISLO-1 Communication

ISLO-5 Personal/Community Awareness and Academic/Career Responsibilities

ISUO-1 The Service Unit will support or facilitate a positive learning or service environment for students.

Rotational Plan


[1] After discussion throughout much of the Fall 2011 and at the start of the Spring 2012 semester, these GE SLOs were proposed by the Student Learning Outcomes Committee (SLOC), a subcommittee of the Academic Senate, on Jan 13, 2012; Revised by SLOC, Jan 19, 2012. Proposed as a First Reading and adopted as a First and Second Reading by the Academic Senate on March 1, 2012. Institutional Service Unit Outcomes (ISUOs) were discussed in Spring 2012, and approved by the SLOC on September 11,2012 to be sent to the Academic Senate.