Core Competencies Faculty Learning Communities

Stanislaus State has established Institutional Learning Goals (ILGs) that define expectation for graduates. Embedded in these ILGs are six core competencies: Oral Communication, Written Communication, Critical Thinking, Information Literacy, Quantitative Reasoning, and Civic Engagement. Stanislaus State has dedicated six faculty learning communities (FLCs) to develop strategies for the assessment of these six competencies at or near graduation and the introduction and development of the competencies throughout the curriculum. As resources are posted, development opportunities will be made available to discuss incorporation of strategies into course activities and course- and program-level assessment.

Institutional Learning Goals Alignment with Core Competencies.pdf

Each FLC is responsible for leading and facilitating a broad-based discussion on their respective competency. For their respective areas, each FLC was tasked with working toward the following charge, established in consultation with the Senate Executive Committee in Spring 2017:

  • Defining the competency;
  • Recommending an institutional standard of performance for the competency at or near graduation that is appropriately ambitious;
  • Identifying assessment measures for the competency that will demonstrate the extent to which students’ performance meets the institution’s standard of performance;
  • Reporting to Academic Senate and other stakeholders, including plans for areas where improvement is needed (including criteria, timeline, and metrics for judging progress); and
  • Encouraging integration of the competency into the curriculum through professional development activities designed, developed, and facilitated by the FLC (these activities may take a variety of forms).

Core Competencies

Each FLC is comprised of six faculty members – one from each college and a Facilitator.The following are the six Core Competencies FLCs:


Core Competencies Workgroup

The Core Competencies FLC facilitators meet monthly as a Core Competencies workgroup, co-led by the Information Literacy FLC facilitator and the Assessment Specialist. At these meeting, facilitators share status updates and best practices. The Core Completencies FLC co-leads, the Faculty Fellow for Assessment, and Dr. Harold Stanislaw, WASC Assessment Leadership Academy graduate and WASC co-chair, support the FLCs as requested. 

Core Competencies FLCs Work Plan and Timeline

Core Competency FLCs Define the Competency Develop Assessment Criteria Identify Assessment Activities Report to Stakeholders Develop Resources
Creative and Critical Inquiry 2017/18-2018/19 2018/19-2019/20 2018/19-2019/20 2019/20 2019/20
Quantitative Reasoning 2018/19 Ongoing
Information Literacy Continue to refine 2018/19 2018/19 2018/19 2018/19-2019/20
Oral Communication 2018/19 2018/19 2018/19-2019/20
Written Communication 2017/18-2018/19 2018/19-2018/19 2018/19-2019/20 2019/20 2019/20
Civic Engagement


2018/19-2019/20 2018/19-2019/20 2019/20 2019/20

NOTE: ✓ indicates that the task has been completed, recognizing the potential necessity of revision over time.

Core Competencies Workgroup Agendas

AY 2017-18

AY 2018-19

Updated: July 15, 2024