Outcomes Assessment

Student Learning Outcomes Assessment is a deliberate, systematic, and collaborative process driven by the College's commitment to improve student learning. It is a purposeful course of action that defines student accomplishments in terms of expected learning outcomes and core competencies. Actual student achievement is measured using established internal standards and external benchmarks. The outcomes assessment process is learning-centered and accumulates data from numerous sources to determine what students know, what skills they possess, how they conceptualize, and how they will continue to learn. The overall goal of assessment is to create a quality learning environment under ideal conditions through the use of best practices that inspire creativity, innovation, and critical thinking. Here you will find resources for students, parents, faculty and staff. These resources include templates for faculty, recent outcomes planning documents, and links to external information.

Philosophy at HCC

Student Learning Outcomes Assessment is an ongoing component of the instructional process. All members of the institution share responsibility for student learning. Continuous improvement of learning is a collaborative enterprise upon which the success of instruction depends. The results of SLOA are never used in a punitive manner toward students, faculty or staff. The data collected during the assessment process is used to provide feedback to both students and faculty, reinforcing and improving educational practices that facilitate learning.

Institutional Student Learning Outcomes

Institutional Student Learning Outcomes align with the HCC Mission Statement, and have been endorsed by the Faculty Assembly and voted into policy by the Board of Directors. It is with these outcomes in mind that Academic Affairs and Student Services programs develop assessable program and course outcomes. Broad Institutional Student Learning Outcomes are as follows.

Hagerstown Community College Students will be prepared to:

  • Demonstrate personal and social responsibility by practicing responsible citizenship, being open to new ideas, and understanding the value of moral sensitivity and cultural diversity.
  • Practice intellectual skills such as critical and independent thinking, effective communication, and knowledge acquisition and application.
  • Demonstrate self-direction, persistence and lifelong learning.

Details of how these outcomes may be demonstrated are located here.

Faculty-Developed Outcomes Assessment Data

SLOA Templates