Definition of Foothill Institutional Student Learning Outcomes
(aka the 4-Cs and Discipline Content or the 21st Century Learning Outcomes)
Learning outcomes encompass the whole student experience. Learning outcomes measure student success by course completion, grades, program persistence, degrees and certificates, and transfer rate, as well as by societal, technical, and workforce preparation after leaving Foothill. Foothill recognizes that students will be expected by transfer universities, employers, and society to demonstrate knowledge and skills beyond those of a specific discipline. These skills include written and oral communication in English, mathematics, critical and analytical thinking, creativity, teamwork, responsibility, and other proficiencies. Foothill has defined four core competencies (4-Cs) as its Institutional Learning Outcomes:
Demonstrate analytical reading and writing skills including evaluation, synthesis, and research; deliver focused and coherent presentations; demonstrate active, discerning listening and speaking skills in lectures and discussions.
Complex problem-solving skills, technology skills, computer proficiency, decision analysis (synthesis and evaluation), apply mathematical concepts and reasoning, and ability to analyze and use numerical data.
Creative, Critical, and Analytical Thinking
Judgment and decision making, intellectual curiosity, problem solving through analysis, synthesis and evaluation, creativity, aesthetic awareness, research method, identifying and responding to a variety of learning styles and strategies.
Community/Global Consciousness and Responsibility
Social perceptiveness, including respect, empathy, cultural awareness, and sensitivity, citizenship, ethics, interpersonal skills and personal integrity, community service, self-esteem, interest in and pursuit of lifelong learning.
Learn more about the FRAMES and 4cs here.