Institutional Learning Outcomes

Institutional Learning Outcomes describe what students will know and do as a result of graduating from Hood College.

They ensure achievement of the Hood College Mission while guiding the student learning outcomes of the Core Curriculum and various degree programs. The Institutional Learning Outcomes have been created at the undergraduate and graduate levels:

Upon graduation, undergraduate students will be able to:

1. Written Communications

Demonstrate an understanding of various writing contexts, purposes, and audiences. Develop and communicate ideas in clear, coherent, and persuasive writing. Demonstrate fluency in language, style, and source conventions.

2. Oral Communications

Demonstrate an understanding of various presentation contexts, purposes, and audiences, including interpersonal, group, and mass communications. Develop and communicate ideas clearly, coherently, and effectively using visual, verbal, and non-verbal modes. Demonstrate fluency in language, style, and source conventions.

3. Information Literacy

Access information and data sources appropriate to a research question. Critically evaluate sources for accuracy, currency, relevance, authority, and purpose. Use strategies to navigate the ethical and legal issues surrounding published, confidential, and/or proprietary information.

4. Quantitative Literacy

Use and interpret quantitative data arising in a variety of contexts and forms. Apply appropriate mathematical methods and technologies to address real-world problems. Develop data-supported arguments in tabular, graphic, numerical, and written form.

5. Critical Reasoning

Construct, analyze, or evaluate arguments using logical reasoning, sound evidence, and multiple perspectives.

6. Technological Skills

Use technologies to collect, manage, analyze, and/or communicate data/information. Navigate major legal, ethical, and security issues in information technology.

7. Values

Understand some of the ways in which values influence policies and practices across government, business, and society as well as some of the reasons used to defend existing cultural, societal, and personal values. Identify potential conflicts arising among different value systems and strategies for engaging in meaningful discussions about them.

8. Ethics

Recognize ethical issues in personal, professional, or societal contexts. Describe, apply, and evaluate different ethical perspectives and concepts.

9. Diversity and Global Awareness

Compare historical processes, cultural practices, ideological frameworks, and/or institutional structures across varying local or global communities. Recognize cultural practices, institutions, and ideologies that contribute to hierarchies and inequalities across groups/communities. Develop ways of thinking and behaving that recognize and respect persons of diverse backgrounds.

1. Communication

Graduate students will communicate clearly and effectively in oral, written, and/or visual formats, consistent with the standards of their discipline.

2. Research

Graduate students will identify and explore relevant questions and/or problems by accessing, evaluating, applying, and/or conducting research using discipline-specific strategies.

3. Critical Reasoning

Graduate students will approach content and tasks with a critical awareness, framed by knowledge and skills appropriate to their discipline.

4. Problem Solving

Graduate students will apply advanced disciplinary content knowledge and strategies to understand and address problems and questions relevant to their discipline and to which they have not previously been introduced.

5. Diversity

Graduate students will recognize and engage diverse ideas, perspectives, and/or traditions that inform their discipline, profession, and graduate experience.

6. Professionalism

Graduate students will engage in legal, ethical, and professional behaviors consistent with their discipline, including leadership, teamwork, and/or other responsibilities to key stakeholders.