Making Connections Between Our Mission and Our Students
SRJC’s mission is to increase the knowledge, to improve the skills, and to enhance the lives of those who participate in our programs and enroll in our courses throughout the District.
In keeping with the mission, the college’s Institutional Learning Outcomes represent our educational values. These outcomes arise from the most general and universal educational goals of the institution; they are neither program nor course specific. These outcomes demonstrate how all students, regardless of their course of study, have the opportunity to share in a collective academic culture.
Students as a whole will develop proficiency in the seven areas identified in the following list as part of a dynamic educational environment. The breadth and depth of experience and proficiency that any individual student may reach in each of these outcomes is, of course, dependent upon the student, the program or course of study, and the length of college attendance.
SRJC Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
Through their experiences at SRJC, students will bring into the college community the following set of skills and values:
1. Foundational Skills
- Perform mathematical operations
- Utilize technology
- Read and write at the college level
2. Personal Development and Management
- Develop self-awareness and confidence
- Manage resources, such as time and money, in order to advance personal and career goals
- Maintain or improve health
- Appreciate the value of lifelong learning
- Listen actively and respectfully
- Speak coherently and effectively
4. Critical Analysis
- Locate, analyze, evaluate, and synthesize relevant information
- Draw reasonable conclusions in order to make decisions and solve problems
- Creatively respond to ideas and information
6. Intercultural Literacy and Interaction
- Recognize and acknowledge individual and cultural diversity
- Practice respectful interpersonal and intercultural communication
- Recognize and understand the ideas and values expressed in the world’s cultural traditions
- Understand and demonstrate personal, civic, social, and environmental responsibility and cooperation in order to become a productive local and global citizen
Assessment of Institutional Learning Outcomes
The Institutional Learning Outcomes are assessed in three ways:
- Student Survey, conducted by SRJC’s Office of Institutional Resources every three years
- Direct assessment of individual ILOs
- Cumulatively through the Program and Resource Planning Process (PRPP), where departments and programs indicate how specific courses, certificates, majors, and Student Services programs relate to the ILOs
1. Student Survey Assessments and Results
The Student Survey is administered via classrooms every three years. It includes a section asking students to self-assess their gains on Institutional Learning Outcomes as a result of being a student at SRJC. Approximately 10% of all credit students enrolled are surveyed.
The results show that on the whole, students feel that they have made gains in all areas of the Institutional Learning Outcomes. View a summary of the results in this excerpt from the SRJC Student Survey 2010 (PDF).
2. Direct Assessments of Foundational Skills and Health Awareness
To date, four specific areas listed in the Institutional Learning Outcomes have been assessed.
In spring 2007, a Technology Survey was administered to more than 200 students, asking them detailed questions about their technology usage, skill levels (both current and prior to attending SRJC), and motivations for learning more technological skills. Overall, students demonstrated that as a result of their academic work, they gained technological skills.
In spring 2008, two separate direct assessments were administered to two separate groups of randomly selected course sections. As a result, over 1000 students took a reading and writing assessment, and more than1000 different students took a computational skills assessment. Again, results were generally positive, with most students indicating progress toward the ILOs regarding mathematical operations and college-level reading and writing. Results varied according to students’ initial placement upon enrollment and length of time at SRJC.
Summary of Results for Mathematical Operations (PDF) from PowerPoint of 08 PDA RESULT (PDF)
Summary of Results for Reading and Writing (PDF) from PowerPoint of '08 PDA RESULT (PDF)
In 2010-2011, Student Health Services launched a comprehensive survey regarding students’ knowledge, concerns, and practices about aspects of their personal health. Results will be available on this site soon.
3. Institutional SLOs in Planning
In spring 2009, an institutional learning outcomes chart was included in the Program and Resource Planning Process (PRPP) form for every academic department and non-academic administrative unit in the District. Results from the inventory allows us to track the alignment course SLOs with Institutional SLOs..