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ACE Student Learning Outcomes


Students who complete the ACE program will

  1. Communicate clearly in speaking and writing, using generally standard forms of English and

  2. Demonstrate the ability to understand different reading materials.

How do ACE faculty evaluate these outcomes?

ACE faculty assess these outcomes by paying close attention to district research reports, following the California Community College State Chancellor's Office Scorecard data for ESL programs, studying pass rates for each ACE course, and surveying ACE 116 students before they leave the ACE program.

Are students achieving our ACE program outcomes?


  • As reported by the RSCCD Research Department in July 2011, 67% of ACE students achieved success in transfer-level courses compared to 66% of students from basic skills reading courses, 64% from basic skills English courses, and to 69% of students who did not take any basic skills courses.  The overall college goal is for 63% of students to succeed, so ACE students are enjoying great success in transfer courses.


  • This information comes from the State Chancellor's Office and shows how well each community college’s basic skills students (students who start in classes below transfer levels) are doing in transfer-level courses in Math, English and Reading.  Year after year, statewide Scorecard data indicate that ACE students are enjoying higher success rates in English 101 than ESL students at other Orange County community colleges.  SCC is very proud of its ACE/ESL students' focus and success!

Santiago Canyon College's Credit ESL (ACE) program is generally at about 65.0%.

The average for all 8 other Orange County community colleges' ESL programs is about 30%.




Pass Rate​

Satisfaction Rate*​

​Spring 2017​74%92%
​Fall 2016​85%93%​
​Spring 201684%​91%​


*The satisfaction rate refers to the percent of ACE 116 students who state that they have made satisfactory, good or excellent improvement in their writing skills on a survey done at the end of the course.