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Degree Learning Outcomes

TCC has a responsibility to the larger community to guide its students toward becoming thoughtful, skilled, contributing citizens. To that end, we have developed outcomes (listed below) that we expect every degree recipient to meet. Yet much of what we hope students learn is not easily measurable, nor is it necessarily completed when they acquire a degree here.

Intellectual curiosity and creativity, appreciation for a broad education, respect for self and others, a strong ethical conscience, resourcefulness in the face of change – these are qualities that may take time to develop, and may be attained beyond TCC in communities, workplaces, and other institutions of higher learning. We take seriously our role in nurturing these qualities while students are here and we try to cultivate in our graduates an awareness that the degree they earn here is not the end of their learning, but a beginning. While students attend TCC, we hold ourselves accountable both to them and to the wider community for the following degree-related learning outcomes:

Upon completing a degree at Tacoma Community College, students will be able to:
  • Core of Knowledge (COK)
    Demonstrate a basic knowledge of each of the distribution areas (Written Communication, Humanities, Quantitative Skills, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences; or, as applicable, specific career training programs), integrate knowledge across disciplines, and apply this knowledge to academic, occupational, civic and personal endeavors.
  • Communication (COM)
    Listen, speak, read, and write effectively and use nonverbal and technological means to make connections between self and others.
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving (CRT)
    Compare, analyze, and evaluate information and ideas, and use sound thinking skills to solve problems.
  • Information and Information Technology (IIT)
    Locate, evaluate, retrieve, and ethically use relevant and current information of appropriate authority for both academic and personal applications.
  • Living and Working Cooperatively/ Valuing Differences (LWC)
    Respectfully acknowledge diverse points of view, and draw upon the knowledge and experience of others to collaborate in a multicultural and complex world.
  • Responsibility & Ethics (RES)
    Demonstrate an understanding of what constitutes responsible and ethical behavior toward individuals, the community, and the environment.