Assessment is an ongoing process. The cycle of assessment includes planning the assessment, collecting the evidence, examining the evidence, determining an improvement strategy, implementing the strategy, and beginning re-assessment to determine if the implementations have helped increase student learning.
Macomb Community College faculty assess student learning of course outcomes and report findings on Course Action Plans. These assessment action plans are displayed on a Master List that is available on the institutional Intranet. In addition to general demographic information, the action plans include descriptions of the evidence collected, the assessment tool used, an overview of assessment findings, the proposed improvement strategy, and information dissemination plan.
The Master List also provides the details of when student learning course outcomes were last assessed or if assessment is currently in progress and a notation for the semester the faculty intend to assess next.
Highlighted Assessment Projects
One of the assessment projects that is currently underway is the Top 30 project. The criteria for a course selected to be on the Top 30 list is that the course either has the most sections offered and highest enrollment of students and/or courses most often taken by students who earn a degree at Macomb. Twenty-five of the top 30 courses have been recently assessed and plans are underway to asses the other five courses.
Common Degree Outcomes
The Community College Survey of Engagement (CCSSE) is a survey that collects data on student engagement and five benchmarks of effective education; active and collaborative learning, student effort, academic challenge, student faculty interaction, and support for learners. The CCSSE data was collected in the winter of 2013, 2010, and 2007. The Program Assessment Team has aligned the applicable questions on the CCSSE to Macomb’s Common Degree Outcomes (CDOs) for an indirect assessment of CDOs. The office of Institutional Research is in the process of creating a report that will show the students' perception of involvement in activities related to the five Common Degree Outcomes and a comparison to the previous two collections of data. Check back to see a copy of this report.
Another Common Degree Outcome project nearing completion is the CDO graduation report. For each of the course syllabi the faculty has marked which CDOs they feel the course content aligns to. All of the CDO information for each syllabus was entered into a Datatel screen, so that a report on the graduating students’ level of exposure to each CDO could be run. This indirect assessment is used to determine the extent to which graduating students have taken courses that align to each of the CDOs.
Program Level Student Learning Outcomes
A current project of the office of Academic Development is to collect the information across the disciplines on program level outcomes and assessment activities, so that the information can be housed electronically and accessible by all. There are approximately 80 programs that lead to degrees (in addition to many transfer plans, certificate options, and areas of study) at Macomb. Check back to see the related outcome statements and assessment activities as we update the list. Each of our career area programs has advisory boards and many have outside accreditation bodies in addition to the North Central Association’s Higher Learning Commission accreditation. The lead faculty member of each career area program ensures that the program outcomes and content meet the accreditation bodies’ standards and align to national/state tests and certifications.