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Geo Alignment

In the Spring of 2013, all departments at Pasadena City College began aligning their course student learning outcomes to the College's General Education Outcomes. Aligning course SLOs with the GEOs ensures that students experience an integrated curriculum that allows repeated opportunities throughout their education to develop competence in the GEOs. In deciding whether a course level SLO aligns with a GEO, these three critieria are helpful:

  • Is it part of the curriculum? Do you teach it?
  • Do students have the opportunity to practice it?
  • Do you assess it and give students feedback on their performance?
Geo Alignment chart

Course SLO to GEO Alignment Examples

Example

Course level outcome: Students will analyze works of art using art theory.

General Education Outcome: Read and comprehend written material critically and effectively at the appropriate program level.

Examples Is it a part of the curriculum? Do students have the opportunity to practice it? Do you assess it and give students feedback on their performance? Does it align?
I give students reading assignments in my photo class. Yes, students are required to do the reading in my class. Yes, students do the reading before they come to class and we discuss it. Students have to do the readings before they take a test that assesses whether they did the reading or not. NO
I teach students reading strategies specific to reading art theory texts in my photo class. Yes, I teach students the reading strategies in the course. Yes, students practice the reading strategies in class and then they apply them independently at home. Yes, I assess students' application of the reading strategies and give them feedback on it. YES