Institutional Learning Outcomes

In accordance with its mission of ensuring that all students shall have equal access to a quality education and the opportunity to pursue and achieve their goals, it is also the College’s responsibility to ensure that students who graduate with an AA or AS degree can demonstrate the following competencies:

Global Engagement

Students will demonstrate global citizenship via knowledge of and interaction with civic participation, diverse cultures and people, and social justice advocacy.

Personal Growth

Students will demonstrate ethical decisions making, goal setting, and positive lifestyle choices.

Aesthetic Analysis and Application

Students will analyze, conceptualize, evaluate, and/or synthesize creative and artistic expression as applied via contexts such as cultures and disciplines.


Students will effectively communicate to varied audiences via spoken, written, visual and other forms of communication.

Information Competency

Students will define information needs, utilizing appropriate technology and resources to access information efficiently and effectively, evaluate information critically, and use information ethically.    

Inquiry and Reason

Students will use analytical, creative, and critical thinking to evaluate ideas, predict outcomes and form conclusions and solutions.

Graduating Student Survey

To assess Hartnell College's effectiveness in achieving the core competencies, and annual survey is administered to graduating students.