Academic Assessment

Purpose

Assessment is a continual practice that establishes clear, concise, and measurable expected student learning outcomes (SLOs). At KCC, we systematically gather, analyze, interpret, and use evidence and data to determine student proficiency of SLOs. We use this evidence and data to understand and to improve student learning and improve quality of instruction. 

Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

KCC's ILOs represent the core abilities which students acquire while studying at KCC. These are measurable statements that indicate what students will know or be able to demonstrate at the completion of a course of study. KCC has identified the following as institutional learning outcomes for our graduates:

Note: The ILO names are links that lead to suggested sample indicators. 

Apply Critical Thinking to Problem Solving: Evaluate information, sources, arguments, opinions, and issues to solve problems.

Communication: Create and convey thoughts, opinions, or information by listening, speaking, reading, or writing.

Community and Global Awareness: Become informed, open-minded, and responsible people who: are attentive to diversity; understand how their actions affect both local and global communities; address the community’s and world’s issues collaboratively and equitably.

Professional Competence and Self-Efficacy: Apply knowledge, skills, and attitudes to succeed in a profession or academic program; demonstrate confidence and ability to meet personal, social, academic, and professional goals.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Academic program learning outcomes have been established for all disciplines, academic programs, and degrees. Faculty leads develop improvement plans based on PLO assessment results to strengthen KCC's academic programs and to increase student success. PLOs are listed by degree and certificate program in the KCC catalog. 

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

Course learning outcomes have been established for all courses at KCC, are printed in every syllabus, and are available online in course content and outcomes guides (CCOGs). Faculty use analysis and results of CLO assessment to implement a plan of improvement for teaching and learning at the course level.