Academic Assessment


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 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.

Cultural Competence: Demonstrate effective and appropriate interaction in a variety of cultural contexts.

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.

Teamwork: Demonstrate effective and respectful participation as members and leaders of diverse teams.

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 and are printed in every syllabus. Faculty use analysis and results of CLO assessment to implement a plan of improvement for teaching and learning at the course level.