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Common Learning Outcomes

Common Learning Outcomes (CLOs) define the expectations of an Aims Community College education and provide the benchmarks against which the college holds itself accountable.

Written Communication

Students should be able to demonstrate a high level of written communication skills as necessary for their future profession through the development and expression of ideas in writing. Students with strong written communication skills will include in their writing a clear main idea or theme, appropriate content and context, organize materials to suit the purpose of the document and use appropriate conventions.

Problem Solving

Good problem solvers apply thinking skills to evaluate real-world examples in terms of course content and knowledge. Students with strong problem-solving skills will interpret the problem, develop a strategy to solve the problem, apply appropriate strategies and procedures, and arrive at a workable solution.

Critical Thinking

Students who can think critically are able to evaluate real-world examples in terms of course content and knowledge. Examples of critical thinking include identifying and exploring issues, recognizing your audience and addressing them accordingly and framing personal reference, and acknowledging other perspectives.

Oral Communication

Students should be able to demonstrate a high level of oral communication skills as necessary for their future profession through prepared, purposeful presentations designed to increase knowledge, to foster understanding or to promote change in the listeners’ attitudes, values, beliefs or behavior. A good oral presentation includes a central message with supporting materials, is organized, clearly delivered and may involve interaction with the audience.

Professionalism

Students who are professional strive for excellence in their performance of required roles in their future professions. Professionals demonstrate accountability and ethical behavior, maintain a professional attitude and conduct themselves in an appropriate and respectful manner.