Porterville College

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What is an outcome?

An outcome is a statement about the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and/or abilities a student is expected to have upon successful completion of an academic activity. An outcome is expressed using action verbs and is stated in terms that make it measurable.

What types of outcomes are assessed at Porterville College?

Five types of outcomes are assessed at Porterville College:

  • Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
  • General Education Learning Outcomes (GELOs)
  • Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)
  • Service Area Outcomes (SAOs)  
  • Course-Level Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Outcomes Committee 

The Outcomes Committee page holds member information, meeting times, documents and more. 

Outcomes Cycle

At Porterville College, the Outcome Assessment Cycle consists of the following four steps:

  1. Collect—Collect the outcome assessments
  2.  Analyze—Analyze the collected assessments
  3.  Identify—Identify actions based on analysis to improve instruction, service, assessment, and/or outcome statements
  4.  Implement—Implement the actions identified

The cycle should repeat on a regular basis. Every outcome should go through the Outcome Assessment Cycle at least once every four years.


The College Council is responsible for assessing the institutional learning outcomes.

Communication Use language and non-verbal modes of expression appropriate to the audience and purpose.
Cognition Think independently, creatively, and critically in order to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate ideas
and information.
Information Competency Utilize research skills necessary to achieve educational, professional, and personal objectives.
Social and Cultural Responsibility Demonstrate sensitivity to and respect for others, both locally and globally, and participate actively in
group decision making.
Personal Development Demonstrate self-management and ethical awareness through practices that promote physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

Assessments, Results, Continuous Improvement

The Curriculum Committee is responsible for assessing the general education learning outcomes.

Communication Students will read, write, speak, and listen effectively. 
Critical Thinking Think independently, creatively, and critically in order to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate ideas
Students will think independently, creatively, and critically so they can make informed and logical judgments of the arguments of others, arrive at reasoned and meaningful arguments and positions, and formulate and apply ideas to new contexts. 
Scientific and Quantitative Reasoning Students will understand and apply mathematical and scientific principles and methods.
Technology, Information Literacy, and Information Competency  Students will effectively use multiple formats, including print, computer and emerging technologies, to locate, access, analyze, evaluate, and utilize information that facilitates learning and critical inquiry. 
Social and Cultural Understanding and Ethical Development Students will understand and be prepared to actively participate as informed and responsible citizens in political, social, cultural, and environmental matters, both locally and globally. 
Personal Development Students will have the ability to adapt to change, learn effectively, establish a framework for aesthetic responsiveness, enhance wellness, and set personal and professional goals. 

Assessments, Results, Continuous Improvement

Each program has learning outcomes (PLOs). The PLOs are found in the Outcomes Database, in the College Catalog, and degrees & certificate section of the College website.

Each academic division/discipline is responsible for assessing the program learning outcomes.

Non-Instructional areas have outcomes. These are called service areas outcomes. Service area outcomes can be found in the Outcomes Database.

Each non-instructional area is responsible for assessing the service area outcomes. Service area outcomes are discussed in program reviews.