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LIBS 199 Learning and Program Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes

LIBS 199 – First-Year Experience Seminar supports the general education outcomes and competencies developed by the Highland Community College faculty. Students analyze and evaluate information in order to make inferences and generate conclusions. Students identify, apply, and evaluate problem-solving techniques in a variety of situations. Students become aware of campus technology and its application to learning. Students recognize, discuss, and practice the characteristics that lead to personal and professional success. Students apply effective interpersonal and inter-group behaviors. Students discuss issues of ethical conduct and the consequences of personal decisions and actions. Based on information about social, cultural, intellectual, and gender diversity, students seek to define constructive roles for themselves within the college community. Students are asked to discuss personal, professional, and social issues.

Outcome One: Students will apply note-taking, studying, reading and test-taking strategies and critical thinking skills in structured lessons in class.
A successful student will be able to:
1. Identify the key elements for successful note-taking in college and the various styles used by college faculty.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the function of memory and apply a study technique such as SQ3R.
3. Discuss different types of tests and strategies appropriate to each.
4. Form critical questions and practice problem-solving techniques.
5. Identify and demonstrate steps required for college research, as compared with those for high-school report writing.

Outcome Two: Students will demonstrate knowledge of the student behaviors necessary for academic success.
A successful student will be able to:
1. Discuss his/her short-term and long-term goals and describe the process used to determine these goals.
2. Manage his/her time in order to complete all responsibilities, including school, work, family, activities, and leisure.
3. Demonstrate knowledge of the dynamics of interpersonal relationships, including those with instructors and with peers.
4. Demonstrate, through classroom behavior and academic performance, personal ownership of learning.

Outcome Three: Students will demonstrate knowledge of campus resources and support services.
A successful student will be able to:
1. Locate key campus services and administrative offices, such as Admissions and Records, Financial Aid, Learning Assistance, academic advising and career services, and division offices.
2. Locate and access technology available in the Learning Resource Center (library) and the student computer labs.
3. Analyze his/her personal needs and develop the questions and techniques necessary to access appropriate services.

Outcome Four: Students will develop a sense of the student’s role in the college community.
A successful student will be able to:
1. Identify the differences between high school and college expectations.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of the diversity of campus populations as they enrich the college community. 3. Identify key elements in the student’s rights and responsibilities within the campus community, including policies and procedures in the “Student Life” section of the Highland Community College Catalog.

Program Outcomes

Outcome One: Students will develop self-management and academic skills and an understanding of college expectations that will help prepare them for successful completion of coursework.

Outcome Two: Students will demonstrate knowledge of campus resources, student support services, and community resources.

Outcome Three: Students will identify appropriate major and career clusters based on self-reported strengths and interests in order to help them to select a program of study that is likely to lead to satisfaction with their educational experience.

Outcome Four: Students will develop an academic plan that will help them to meet their goals of continuing their education by transferring to a four-year institution or of entering the work force by successfully completing a degree or certificate program.

Outcome Five: Students will understand their rights, roles, and responsibilities in a diverse campus environment.

Outcome Six: Students will have an understanding of the potential economic power attributed with educational attainment, but will also understand the costs of education, the importance of budgeting, the Federal Student Aid process, implications of student loans and other debt, and basic principles of investment and savings.