Macomb uses evidence of student learning to identify areas where changes in policies and practices may lead to improvement. For example, the data collected as a result of course and program assessment is used to improve student learning outcomes.
Data on student success was used to update the College’s Academic Mobility Policy. This policy creates a process used to assure that students are registered in appropriate classes. All students taking courses in English composition, Mathematics, Reading and English for Academic Purposes (EAPP) are required to meet the established course prerequisites. In order to assure that students are properly placed for success in these basic courses, the college has a "mobility period" in place. Mobility occurs most often in, but is not limited to, English and Math.
Macomb Community College’s participation in the Achieving the Dream initiative yielded a rich source of student learning data. An analysis of the data supported the implementation of the following activities to improve student success.
- Everyday Math Course designed specifically for students whose degree does not require advanced mathematics training. This new course focuses on everyday applications of mathematic principles.
- More frequent developmental math course meetings. Many developmental math courses now meet three times per week rather than once or twice.
- Redesign of the College Success Course. This three-credit course is designed for first time college students. Students who place into developmental Reading, English, and Mathematics are required to take the College Success Course during their first semester at Macomb.
- An Excellence in Teaching and Learning Series was developed. Sessions are led by faculty members with a focus on improving student success through engagement activities.
Curriculum design and updates are faculty led and supported through the Office of Academic Development. Robust curriculum updates occur. Approximately 700 curriculum actions have been approved through the curriculum committee process in the last three years. As of fall 2013, Macomb has 80 programs (with additional certificate, transfer and areas of study) and 1,020 active courses. This is a dynamic number as courses and programs are added, deleted and/or updated regularly to meet the need of the current students and industry standards.