Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

Our Institutional Learning Outcomes, also known as our General Education Outcomes, are vital to success in education, careers, and in lifelong learning.  Consistent with our mission and vision, Waubonsee is committed to offering experiences, both inside and outside the classroom that allow students to develop and demonstrate growth in core proficiencies. 

“I Can” statements for each Institutional Level Outcome were developed to help students understand the knowledge, skills and abilities gained in each of the General Education Outcomes. Outcomes, Rubrics and “I Can” statements are listed below:


Communication is the ability to deliver clear, well-organized speeches, presentations, visuals or ideas appropriate to various contexts and audiences; and to write clear, concise communications appropriate to various contexts and audiences.

Outcome: Use clear language to communicate meaning appropriate to various contexts and audiences.

Communication Rubric

Using Communication Rubrics to Measure Learning

Communications “I Can” Statements

Critical Thinking

Critical thinking is a habit of mind characterized by the thorough analysis of issues, ideas, artifacts, information or events to construct an argument or a solution.

Outcome: Analyze information in order to construct an argument or solution.

Critical Thinking Rubric

Critical Thinking Discipline and Program Modified Rubric

Using Critical Thinking Rubrics to Measure Learning

Critical Thinking “I Can” Statements

Global Awareness

Global Awareness is the ability to integrate diverse perspectives, cultivate compassion, and transcend borders to address complex issues.

Outcome: Describe the interconnectedness of issues, trends or systems using diverse perspectives.

Global Awareness Rubric

Using Global Awareness Rubrics to Measure Learning

Global Awareness “I Can” Statements

Information Literacy

Information literacy is a set of integrated skills encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the ethical use of information in creating new knowledge.

Outcome: Use technology to ethically research, evaluate or create information.

Information Literacy Rubric

Using Information Literacy Rubrics to Measure Learning

Information Literacy “I Can” Statements

Quantitative Literacy

Quantitative Literacy is the ability to acquire, analyze, use and represent mathematical and scientific data and information symbolically, visually, numerically and verbally; to recognize and understand problems and trends to conduct experiments and observations; to develop appropriate solutions and conclusions; and to understand the interrelatedness of quantitative reasoning and other disciplines.

Outcome: Make judgements or draw appropriate conclusions based on the quantitative analysis of data.

Quantitative Literacy Rubric

Using Quantitative Literacy Rubrics to Measure Learning

Quantitative Literacy “I Can” Statements 

Additional Resources


Our College Learning Outcomes were created using the American Association of Colleges and Universities

The Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP)

We used the DQP, a learning-centered framework for what college graduates should know and be able to do to earn an associate degree.


Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). (2009). VALUE rubrics. Retrieved from

Lumina Foundation (2011) Degree qualifications profile. Retrieved from