Institution-Level Student Learning Outcomes

The awarding of an Associate Degree represents more than an accumulation of units. It symbolizes a thoughtful attempt on the part of Mendocino College to introduce students to patterns of learning experiences designed to develop specific capabilities and insights, and to promote lifelong learning.


The college has identified the knowledge, skills, abilities and attitudes a graduating student will possess in its Institutional Student Learning Outcomes*. When graduating from Mendocino College with an AA or AS degree, students will be able to:

  1. Apply critical thinking and information competency skills to reach well-supported factual or judgmental conclusions which are effectively communicated in written and oral English
  2. Apply the scientific method, principles and concepts in order to test scientific hypotheses and theories
  3. Explain and apply mathematical concepts to solve problems through quantitative reasoning
  4. Express themselves subjectively as well as objectively when engaging with the creative arts and humanities in various cultural contexts
  5. Apply methods of social scientific inquiry to analyze key current and historical social, political, economic and individual issues in a variety of cultural contexts
  6. Continue their lifelong development by applying critical thinking, scientific inquiry and quantitative reasoning skills; and by their ability to express themselves subjectively as well as objectively when engaging with the creative arts and humanities 

 *The Institutional Student Learning Outcomes for certificate earners are the program-level student learning outcomes associated with the certificate program.


These ISLOs were revised by the Student Learning Outcomes Team with input from the faculty at large, and approved by the Mendocino College Academic Senate on September 19, 2013.