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 attainment of course and program outcomes and report findings on course and program assessment action plans. These assessment action plans are housed in the Curriculum Warehouse. 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 the information dissemination plan.
Highlighted Assessment Projects
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 is collected every 3 years beginning in the Winter of 2007. The Program Assessment Team 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 created a report that maps the students' perception of involvement in activities identified in CCSSE and related to the five Common Degree Outcomes. The report indicates that the students perceive that they are involved in the activities that are identified in CCSSE and mapped to Common Degree Outcomes and that this involvement has increased over time.
Official course syllabi indicate which CDOs students are exposed to in each course. Using this information, a CDO graduation report was created to indicate graduating students’ level of exposure to each CDO. 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
The Office of Academic Development collected the information across the disciplines on program level outcomes and assessment activities. The information is housed in the Curriculum Warehouse. There are approximately 80 programs that lead to degrees (in addition to many transfer plans, certificate options, and areas of study) at Macomb. In addition to the information that is housed in the Curriculum Warehouse, 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.
One assessment initiative is the Top 30 project. A Top 30 course is one that either has the most sections offered and highest student enrollment and/or courses most often taken by students who earn a degree at Macomb. Since the beginning of the Top 30 project in 2010 all courses have either assessed or currently in process.