Southwestern College has identified 16 Institutional Student Learning Outcomes (ISLOs). Each ISLO describes what students should be able to demonstrate, represent, or produce upon completing a program, degree, or certificate at SWC.
The ISLOs are categorized into five achievement areas - Communication, Thinking and Reasoning, Information Competency, Global Awareness and Ethics, and Historical Literacy and Artistic Sensitivity.
Under each achievement area is a list of detailed skills students
should master by the time they complete a program or transfer from
Each outcome assessed by a discipline, service or unit on campus should link to one of our 16 ISLOs.
Institutional Student Learning Outcomes
Communication Skills (Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing)
ISLO 1: Listen and speak actively and critically to identify a person’s position and then analyze it to determine its quality.
ISLO 2: Present their ideas in a clear and organized way to others.
ISLO 3: Analyze and evaluate text in writing.
Thinking and Reasoning (Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking, Quantitative Reasoning)
ISLO 4: Formulate and share ideas, analyze the ideas of others, integrate them into their thinking.
ISLO 5: Assess and analyze data and information as they investigate issues and solve problems.
ISLO 6: Use quantitative reasoning to identify, analyze and solve quantitative problems.
Information Competency (Research and Technology)
ISLO 7: Research topics by identifying, analyzing and assessing the ideas from a variety of sources to conduct research.
ISLO 8: Students will use print material and technology to identify
research needs and develop and evaluate information effectively and
Global Awareness (Social, Cultural, and Civic Responsibility)
ISLO 9: Collegially work with diverse groups of people.
ISLO 10: Identify and examine the cultural values of different ethnic groups in a sensitive and respectful manner.
ISLO 11: Analyze and evaluate the influence that science, mass
media, politics, socio-economics, technology, art, environment, religion
or history have on society.
ISLO 12: Analyze and critique the ethical implications of
decision-making on personal behavior, and on social, political, or
ISLO 13: Evaluate and determine if a given set of economic, social,
and environmental systems and practices are sustainable in the long
Aesthetic Sensitivity and Historical Literacy (History, Creativity, and Artistic and Perceptual Experiences)
ISLO 14: Identify,
examine, and critique the aesthetic, political, scientific,
philosophical, and/or historical elements of human culture.
ISLO 15: Demonstrate creative thinking and artistic sensitivity in
creating works of art and effectively describe the artistic processes
ISLO 16: Analyze and critique the philosophical, technical, historical, cultural, and aesthetic qualities of works of art.
ISLO results are aggregated through eLumen. ISLO results are available on the Data Resources page on our SWC website, under the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.