Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

are the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that students possess and can demonstrate upon completing a course or program of study.

Institutional Student Learning Outcomes

On October 27, 2008, permission was obtained from the WASC Schools Division to supplant Expected Student Learning Results with Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs). In its request, San Diego Continuing Education gave as reasons for the transition from ESLRs to SLOs as the need for consistency and efficiency within the District and its three colleges who were also requesting reaffirmation of accreditation in 2010. Following are the current institutional SLOs:

1 Social Responsibility

SDCE students demonstrate interpersonal skills by learning and working cooperatively in a diverse environment.

2 Effective Communication

SDCE students demonstrate effective communication skills.

3 Critical Thinking

SDCE students critically process information, make decisions, and solve problems independently or cooperatively.

4 Personal and Professional Development

SDCE students pursue short term and life-long learning goals, mastering necessary skills and using resource management and self advocacy skills to cope with changing situations in their lives.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

The program SLOs have a relationship to the institutional SLOs and are customized to fit the distinctive curriculum of the various programs in SDCE. Following are the current program SLOs.

Adult Secondary Education/Adult Basic Education (ASE/ABE)

Mission Statement: Adult Secondary Education (ASE) /Adult Basic Education (ABE) offers flexible, accessible, up-to-date programs for adults seeking basic literacy in reading, mathematics, completion of high school, GED/high school equivalency, competency in the English language, citizenship, vocational skills or enrichment.

ASE/ABE Department SLOs

  1. ASE/ABE students will apply knowledge of a course objective by applying it to a current event/issue. (Relates to Institutional SLO #3 above)
  2. ASE/ABE students will work cooperatively in a group to resolve/reconcile an issue relating to the topic of study within the specific course. (Relates to Institutional SLO #1 above)
  3. ASE/ABE students will formulate a goal, set-up a plan of action, and evaluate success. (Relates to Institutional SLO #4 above)
  4. ASE/ABE students will describe how they would integrate a course principle into a real life situation. (Relates to Institutional SLO #3 above)

Automotive, Skilled & Technical Trades (ASTT)

Mission Statement: Automotive, Skilled & Technical Trades (ASTT) provides adults with vocational education and job training in a variety of disciplines (automotive, auto body, welding, metal fabrication, plumbing, heating/ventilation/air conditioning, electronics, pre-apprenticeship, upholstery). Through an organized sequence of courses, individuals receive rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical skill proficiency that meet industry standards. Upon completion, students will be prepared for either careers in current/emerging professions with an industry recognized certificate, or further education with potential college credit toward an associate’s degree.

Automotive, Skilled & Technical Trades (ASTT) Department SLOs

  1. ASTT students demonstrate interpersonal skill by learning and working cooperatively in a diverse environment. (Relates to Institutional SLO #1 above)
  2. ASTT students demonstrate effective communication skills. (Relates to Institutional SLO #2 above)
  3. ASTT students critically process information, make decisions, and solve problems independently or cooperatively. (Relates to Institutional SLO #3 above)
  4. ASTT students pursue short term and life-long learning goals, mastering necessary skills and using resource management and self-advocacy skills to cope with changing situations in their lives. (Relates to Institutional SLO #4 above)

Business Information Technology (BIT)

Mission Statement: The Business and Information Technology Program (BIT) provides adults open access to transformational career technical education programs. Through skill building, upskilling and reskilling, BIT provides the San Diego community the opportunity to transition to college and work by providing hands-on and project based training in current technology, foundational skills, and business practices with real-work simulations. Lead by industry experienced instructors; these programs build student confidence for future employment, promotion, and entrepreneurial opportunities.

BIT Department SLOs

  1. Students completing a BIT software course will be able to demonstrate the use of the software tools to effectively communicate with others in person, with paper documents or online. (Relates to Institutional SLO #2 above)
  2. BIT students work in teams with diverse individuals to apply Information Technology solutions to a problem. (Relates to Institutional SLO #1 above)
  3. BIT students use Information Technology and software tools to support decision processes and critical thinking. (Relates to Institutional SLO #3 above)
  4. BIT students pursue continued Information Technology education to complete short term goals such as website development, and also continue with long term programs that will keep them current in this rapidly changing field. (Relates to Institutional SLO #4 above)

Counseling

Mission Statement: Counseling ensures student success by providing support services in the following areas: orientation; assessment for placement into classes; academic, career, college transition and personal counseling. Counselors are also available to assist with the development of a student education plan to support your educational and career goals.

Counseling Program SLOs

  1. Students identify the steps, resources and/or choices they have to define or clarify to achieve their goals. (Relates to Institutional SLO #2 and SLO #3 above)
  2. Students utilize basic information regarding registration procedures and educational options offered through SDCE and SDCCD. (Relates to Institutional SLO #2 and SLO #3 above)
  3. Students identify basic information on student rights and responsibilities. (Relates to Institutional SLO #2 and SLO #3 above)
  4. Students will be more knowledgeable about career resources and services at the end of the Career Center Orientation. (Relates to Institutional SLO #2 and SLO #3 above)

Disability Support Programs and Services

Mission Statement: Disability Support Programs and Services (DSPS) offers a variety of classes and services designed to facilitate the success of students with disabilities in reaching their educational, personal and vocational goals.

DSP&S Department SLOs

  1. Students manage the positive and negative forces in their lives to persist in class as they pursue lifelong learning. (Relates to Institutional SLO #3 above)
  2. Students establish a goal and make progress toward that goal. (Relates to Institutional SLO #4 above)
  3. Students make progress toward mastering skills addressed in class. (Relates to Institutional SLO #4 above)
  4. Students use self advocacy skills to cope with changing situations in their lives. (Relates to Institutional SLO #4 above)

Emeritus

Mission Statement: The Emeritus Program provides adults 55+ the opportunity to acquire a quality education, specifically designed to offer lifelong learning opportunities in the areas which will promote positive aging: personal growth for self-improvement, critical thinking, independence, community advocacy, mental and physical well-being, creativity, and economic self-sufficiency.

Emeritus Department SLOs

  1. Emeritus students acquire interpersonal skills to function effectively in a multicultural and diverse environment. (Relates to Institutional SLO #1 above)
  2. Emeritus students practice collaborative endeavors. (Relates to Institutional SLO #2 above)
  3. Emeritus students work toward the accomplishment of lifelong learning goals through education designed to promote critical thinking. (Relates to Institutional SLO #3 above)
  4. Emeritus students engage in learning activities to successfully prepare for, and participate in, positive aging in the 21st century. (Relates to Institutional SLO #4 above)

English as a Second Language

Mission Statement: English as a Second Language offers up-to-date English language instruction to learners seeking to communicate with English speakers, acquire basic literacy skills, learn about the culture and customs of the United States and fulfill their goals as family members, workers, community participants, and lifelong learners.

English as a Second Language Department SLOs

  1. ESL students effectively listen to and speak with people of diverse backgrounds to fulfill communication tasks as workers, family members, community members, and/or lifelong learners. (Relates to Institutional SLO #2 above)
  2. ESL students demonstrate appropriate reading and critical thinking skills to process information related to their roles as workers, family members, community members, and/or lifelong learners. (Relates to Institutional SLO #2 above)
  3. ESL students demonstrate effective writing skills to fulfill writing tasks as workers, family members, community members, and/or lifelong learner. (Relates to Institutional SLO #2 above)

Healthcare Careers (HCC)

Mission Statement: Healthcare Careers provides education and training in entry level healthcare careers (Personal Care Assistant/Caregiver, Nursing Assistant (NA) Training, Nurse Assistant Acute Care, Nurse Assistant Rehabilitative, Nurse Assistant in Behavioral Health). These programs offer training in health care specific skills as well as providing the basic educational skills and career paths to assist the individual to transition to Healthcare and Nursing Programs offered by the San Diego Community College District and other local community and baccalaureate colleges.

Healthcare Careers Department SLOs

  1. Healthcare Careers students perform relevant competent skills in an entry level healthcare career. (Relates to Institutional SLO #4 above)
  2. Healthcare Careers students critically evaluate information and apply it to their personal and professional lives. (Relates to Institutional SLO #3 above)
  3. Healthcare Careers students apply the knowledge and skills extracted from courses to pass required California state certification examinations. (Relates to Institutional SLO #4 above)
  4. Healthcare Careers students work cooperatively in a diverse environment. (Relates to Institutional SLO #1 above)

Hospitality and Consumer Sciences (HCS)

Mission Statement:Students completing courses or programs in Continuing Education's Hospitality and Consumer Sciences department will gain knowledge and skills in any of the possible subject matter offerings (foods/nutrition/culinary arts/hospitality/fashion production/fashion/merchandising /textiles/interior design/life management/consumer issues and personal development) in order to prepare for vocational careers in the above and to positively affect one's quality of life.

Hospitality and Consumer Sciences Department SLOs

  1. Students completing a food and nutrition course or program will be able to demonstrate, apply concepts, techniques and related skills through hands-on food preparation, demonstration and group learning tasks to enhance personal and professional development within the hospitality industry. (Relates to Institutional SLO #4 above)
  2. Students completing a fashion or fashion production course or program will be able to understand and apply concepts, technologies, related skills and techniques by successfully completing class projects in order to prepare for fashion careers. (Relates to Institutional SLO #4 above)

Child Development/Parent Education

Mission Statement: Child development students acquire an understanding of their important role as a primary teacher of the children in their care. Through exposure to child development principles and opportunities to practice and master skills that complement each child’s age appropriate needs, students learn lifelong skills leading to careers in child development, as well as successful and effective parenting.

Child Development/Parent Education Department SLOs

  1. Students demonstrate ethical parenting behaviors to calmly navigate the emotional, physical, and financial stressors of raising a child in the 21st century. (Relates to Institutional SLO #1 and SLO #3 above)
  2. Students communicate effectively with individuals from different socioeconomic, cultural racial, ethnic or other backgrounds. (Relates to Institutional SLO #1 and SLO #2 above)
  3. Students identify the stages of child growth and development through a variety of parenting strategies which support inclusion and respect. (Relates to Institutional SLO #4 above)
  4. Students explain the importance of parenting skills at all levels of a child’s growth and development and examine practices that directly support those skills. (Relates to Institutional SLO #4 above)