As a new student at West Los Angeles College, you are now officially an engaged learner. There are many things that this institution expects you to achieve, both personally and professionally. One of the many positive expectations we have for you is that with every course and program of study that you come in contact with, you will attain a reward or will achieve outcomes that you will keep with you as you move on in your life and in your career. These outcomes are called Student Learning Outcomes or SLOs. The purpose of this webpage is to make you become more aware of your learning and to become more reflective as you pursue your goals here at West.
SLOs are attained at different levels at WLAC. As a student here, you will encounter Institutional Student Learning Outcomes or ISLOs, Program Learning Outcomes or PSLOs and Course Student Learning Outcomes or CSLOs. Institutional Student Learning Outcomes describe knowledge, skills, abilities and attitudes that a student can demonstrate upon the completion of the entire learning experience at West. Program Student Learning Outcomes describe knowledge, skills, abilities and attitudes that a student can demonstrate upon the completion of a particular degree or certificate and Course Student Learning Outcomes describe knowledge, skills, abilities and attitudes that a student can demonstrate upon the completion of a particular course.
These SLOs build on each other over time. For instance, after completion of your first course at West, you may attain up to three or more outcomes. By the time you complete all the courses in a program you'll have many more. After graduation and the attainment of an associate degree, exposure to all three levels of SLOs will have taken place and you will be moving ahead with general skills, knowledge, and the mastery of subjects that have been set for you!
You will notice that course SLOs are listed in each course syllabus that you are given. Your may also hear from your instructor about these SLOs during the semester and you are encouraged to ask about them as you may need additional clarification. Every year the college assesses all levels of these outcomes to ensure that you continue to achieve these outcomes satisfactorily and that our courses are strengthened over time. This webpage has been designed specifically to inform West students about SLOs and to provide you with a comprehensive and quick way to view them.
SLOs in Service Areas
The college provides many services to help facilitate student learning on campus and because of this, the Student Services Division has developed additional SLOs or Service Level Outcomes. These outcomes are created and assessed by staff and managers of the units and areas. They inform planning and lead to goals of improved support services. As a student at West, you can encounter these types of outcomes in the form of surveys or questionnaires. To view the Service Level Outcomes developed for students at West, visit http://www.wlac.edu/slo/stud_svcs_slos.html.
SLOs in the Classroom
During the semester, you will likely be hearing about student learning outcomes more than a few times. For instance, your instructors may ask you to pay particular attention to the course outcomes listed in the course syllabus. During that first week of classes you may be asked why you enrolled in college and what your current and future goals are. Your answers to questions like these may very well influence new course student learning outcomes or SLOs. Later on in the semester, your instructor may ask you a question like, "Do you notice a connection between the outcome(s) listed in the syllabus and the current assignment/project you are engaged in"? It's a very good idea for you to ask yourself if you have achieved the course SLOs at the end of the semester as well. Some instructors may even give you a short survey of questions related to the SLOs for your course.