College-Wide Learning Outcomes
For Students and Parents

For Students and Parents

What should you get out of your college classes?

Is graduating from college a matter of checking off a list of course requirements, or can you expect more? At Prairie State College (PSC), we hope to give you more than just a degree; we hope to equip you with a set of skills that you can use to transform your world.

We want our students to develop personally and as critical thinkers and global citizens. We believe that the five outcomes listed below comprise some important aspects of how we hope to help our students serve in and lead their communities.

Hover over each outcome below for additional information.

  • Communication
  • Creative Thinking
  • Cultural Understanding
  • Information Literacy
  • Problem Solving

Each course has its own emphasis, but we hope you’ll see overlap from one type of class to the next. For instance, you might engage in problem solving in your chemistry class and in your philosophy class--they seem like they’d be very different classes, but you are learning some of the same thinking skills in each one.

Why think about what I’m learning?

It’s tempting to think that employers are only looking to hire someone with a degree. Degrees are helpful, but employers really want to hire someone who has learned something from school. For instance, in a recent survey of employers (PDF), 93% of employers said that a student’s ability to “think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems is more important than their undergraduate major.” PSC’s outcomes help you to identify the major things you should be learning across all of your courses.

And the core outcomes can help you succeed in our career programs, too. The chair of Prairie State’s Nursing Department, for instance, has said that students going into the Nursing Program who can problem solve and communicate well will be more successful than those who passed the prerequisite classes but didn’t retain the skills.

We want you to do well in our classes, and we want what you learn here to stick with you for the long term!

Which classes should I pick?

All of our general education classes--the ones that are required for most associate degrees and for transfer to other colleges--cover at least one of the outcomes, so you will be sure to encounter all of them. If you’d like more information about PSC’s outcomes, please contact Jason Evans, the Outcomes Committee Chair.