Institutional Learning Goals

Co-curricular programs provide opportunities for students to nurture their personal growth and development outside of the traditional classroom environment. Involvement offers students the opportunity to gain hands-on life skills that enriches their college learning experience, providing them with the ability to explore personal and career-related interests.

The college has developed the following learning outcomes to help enhance the quality of the student’s total learning experience at Manchester Community College. Learning goal icons were developed to identify goals associated with activities and programs.


Beginning in school, and continuing at successively higher levels across their college studies, students should prepare for twenty-first-century challenges by gaining proficiency in the following areas:

Learning Goal
Achieved Through
How Practiced

 Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical World

Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical World

  • Study in the sciences and mathematics, the social sciences, the humanities, the histories, the languages and the arts
  • Participation in co-curricular programs and activities
By engagement with big questions, both contemporary and enduring

Intellectual and Practical Skills

Intellectual and Practical Skills

  • Knowledge acquisition and application
  • Inquiry and analysis
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Written communication
  • Quantitative literacy
  • Information literacy
Across the curriculum and co-curriculum, in the context of progressively more challenging problems, projects and standards for performance

Personal and Social Responsibility

Personal and Social Responsibility

  • Civic engagement
  • Intercultural knowledge and competence
  • Ethical reasoning and action
  • Humanitarianism
Through active involvement with diverse communities and real-world challenges

Understanding of Self

Understanding of Self

  • Intrapersonal development
  • Interpersonal competence
Through perseverance toward the accomplishment of educational and personal goals

Integrative Learning

Integrative Learning

  • Synthesis and advanced accomplishment
  • Across general and specialized studies
  • Within co-curricular activities
Through the application of knowledge, skills, and responsibilities to new settings and complex problems

Adapted from the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) Essential Learning Outcomes


For more information about Learning Outcomes feel free to speak with someone from the Dean of Student Affairs Office at 860-512-3200.

Last Update: July 28 2014
For additional information, contact: T.J. Barber