Student Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes for each Core Domain at MCLA can currently be found in the Course Catalog, or click below to read the full Outcomes for each Core Domain.

First Year Experience

Tier I

Tier II

Tier III

First Year Experience Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to: 
  • Demonstrate technological literacy by documenting required course elements.
  • Express themselves in meaningful ways.
  • Actively participate in a learning community.
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Critical Reading, Thinking, Writing Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, students will gain:

  • An understanding that good college-level writing involves a process of revising and editing across multiple drafts.
  • The ability to both give and draw from constructive feedback during the revision process.
  • The ability to critically and carefully read a diversity of texts written for different audiences and purposes.
  • The ability to respond to a variety of rhetorical situations to effectively reach different audiences.
  • The ability to use different genres (or types of writing) to reach different audiences.
  • The ability to use library databases to find peer-reviewed academic sources.
  • The ability to evaluate, synthesize, critique, and add your own ideas to published sources.
  • The ability to effectively and ethically summarize, paraphrase, quote, and cite published sources to achieve your purposes.
  • The ability to vary your texts’ structure, paragraphing, tone, style, and grammar depending on genre and audience.
  • The ability to edit and proofread your writing.
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Creative Arts Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Describe techniques, processes and concepts that creative artists use in their work
  • Discuss personal encounters with the creative arts within broader historical and cultural contexts
  • Articulate the significance of the creative arts, artistic expression and experience in today's world
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Human Heritage Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Apply critical and comparative approaches to primary and secondary sources;
  • Draw valid conclusions from documentary evidence and evaluate the significance of such conclusions;
  • Evaluate the significance of events, ideas, or circumstances in a given text both within their own and contemporary contexts.
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Self and Society Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Identify and compare the values and assumptions of particular social settings and cultural contexts;
  • Utilize inter-disciplinary perspectives, theories and/or social science methods to analyze significant social issues;
  • Develop and present an analysis of the multiple factors that explain an individual's relationship to society.
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Science and Technology Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of natural science content.
  • Apply content knowledge to solve problems and make informed decisions.
  • Communicate scientific findings orally and/or in writing.
  • Interpret and generate graphs from scientific data.
  • Apply scientific practices to test a hypothesis or answer a question.
  • Find media (e.g., popular or scholarly literature) focusing on scientific topics and evaluate the reliability of the source.
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Capstone Experience Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Acquire and evaluate information from multiple and varied information sources that integrates two or more Tier II domains;
  • Apply academic learning to the context of contemporary local and/or global communities;
  • Investigate and analyze complex problems/issues and draw reasoned conclusions, providing comprehensive support for those conclusions;
  • Effectively communicate ideas, solutions, and plans through a variety of media that must include a substantial writing component;
  • Work effectively in collaboration with fellow students and/or community entities to create a product that demonstrates the student is able to connect academic learning and critical thinking skills with problems in the context of today’s world.  
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