Student Learning Outcomes

At Kirkwood, our goal is to provide a foundational learning experience that prepares students to translate specific knowledge to the workplace.

While studying here, students will not only develop and sharpen key skills for their careers, but also learn how to collaborate as a team and participate more effectively as citizens of their communities. 

Following are the key learning outcomes students studying at Kirkwood can expect upon graduation from our programs.

Key Learning Outcomes

Analytic inquiry enables one to critically examine complex questions, problems, and materials of all types. Graduates will be able to:

  • Identify and frame a problem or question
  • Examine theoretical and practical strategies
  • Integrate the appropriate resources to facilitate decision making and problem solving
  • Make decisions and propose solutions with practical approaches

Graduates will be able to demonstrate skills necessary to engage with their communities by:

  • Thinking and acting in ways that make a positive difference in communities
  • Being prepared for knowledgeable and responsible participation in geographic, professional, and personal communities

Graduates will be able to:

  • Work constructively as part of a team to achieve a common goal
  • Understand team dynamics
  • Treat members respectfully
  • Recognize how their share contributes to the greater whole and allows for the recognition of others’ contributions

Graduates will:

  • Demonstrate effective communication, written and oral
  • Be able to use appropriate communication in a variety of situations and contexts

Graduates will be able to:

  • Engage with people and ideas different from their own
  • Perceive the world through the eyes of others
  • Appreciate how including different perspectives can lead to creative and innovative solutions

Graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the process necessary to make ethical choices
  • Examine assumptions and different points of view
  • Respect others through reasoning about helpful and harmful conduct
  • Recognize ethical issues in a variety of settings
  • Analyze positions on ethical issues

Graduates will be able to:

  • Think critically about information for effective problem solving and decision making
  • Know when and where to locate information
  • Know how to evaluate sources of information
  • Know how to responsibly use and share information
  • Be able to identify and determine what information is accurate and relevant to various situations and contexts

Graduates will be able to:

  • Apply scientific and mathematical concepts and principles to explain or test
    phenomena
  • Model real-world situations
  • Propose solutions to quantifiable problems

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Kirkwood Community College

6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW

Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404

319-398-5411