Student Learning Outcomes

Institutional Learning Outcomes  

In our goal to help students and community grow in individual and native sovereignty and provide an environment which nurtures learning and growth, NICC has established the following educational outcomes:

  1. Students will grow in Native cultures.
  2. Students will effectively communicate.
    • Through listening, as well as written and oral speaking skills
    • In English and Native Language
    • Reflecting appropriate Native values
  3. Students will apply critical, analytical, and creative thinking skills.
    • in both academic and community environments
  4. Students will practice research and investigative skills, exploring diverse topics.
    • Through cooperative and individual endeavors
    • Utilizing technology appropriately
    • Respectfully utilizing community and global resources.
  5. Through learned time management skills, students will develop and practice balance.
    • In careers and academics
    • Within our circle of life
All the above outcomes work to help our students make their own choices, determining their path in life.

General Education Core Course 

The Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and the Associate of Applied Science degree programs have general education requirements that provide opportunities for students to practice skills needed to attain our Student Learning Outcomes and develop in these areas. The core course requirements are provided by degree on the following page. Students must pass a given course with a “D” or better in order for it to count as a core requirement.

NOTE: No general education core course can be simultaneously used for a required course in the major concentration area of study, unless specified in the degree requirements.


*Degree programs may require specific courses to meet general education requirements. This information can be found on degree audit forms. Please consult with your Faculty Advisor.
*Additional courses (such as special topics) may also be approved by the Academic Dean to meet particular institutional learning outcomes.

Transitional Courses

Transitional education courses are designed to help students prepare academically. The College's transitional program is important to the students who need to develop or upgrade certain skills required to succeed in the certificate or degree program of their choice. Recommendations to take transitional courses are based on academic skill assessment, past academic performance, and/or the expressed needs of the student. All first-time students intending to enroll in a degree program are required to take a placement test to determine their basic skills level. Those students who fall below an established competency level in any one of the following: English, mathematics, or keyboarding fundamentals, will be required to take the appropriate transitional classes. Students completing these courses will then be given a post-test to determine if they are prepared to take college-level classes. It is the intent of NICC to prepare students to succeed in their college level coursework. (Entering students who submit a composite ACT test score of 18 or better or an SAT composite score of 830 will be exempt from taking these placement tests.) Every new student who enrolls at the institution is required to complete EDUC 1010 (previously known as SSS 100) Student Success Strategies during his or her first semester or within the first 12 attempted credit hours.

NICC will count college transitional classes toward attempted hours as defined by the Title IV requirements for funding. Each student will be allowed to take up to 30 credit hours of Transitional course work toward their overall completion requirements.