Whatcom Outcomes & Mathematics


Whatcom Community College outcomes or core learning abilities (CLAs) are overarching skills that are emphasized throughout many courses in all programs at WCC; they define the skills the College expects its students to develop by the time they graduate with a certificate or degree. 

WCC's CLAs are...

  • Communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Global awareness
  • Information literacy
  • Quantitative literacy

In mathematics, students will also...

  • have opportunities to share information with classmates,
  • have the chance to formulate and respond to questions,
  • learn to apply critical thinking, problem-solving, and quantitative reasoning skills to the study of material in the course,
  • learn to use appropriate terminology and symbolic language (in written and/or verbal form).

Students taking math classes at Whatcom may expect any of the following methods of assessment: group and/or individual self-assessments, graded exercises, work at the board, critique by other students, class participation/discussion, homework, quizzes, unit tests, projects and final exams.