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-Level 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.


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