Assessment Resources

The Office of Academic Development in the Center for Teaching and Learning provides resources and offers professional development to support assessment activities across the college. The Office of Academic Development assists in the creation of rubrics and in the analysis of assessment data, and generates reports for faculty on assessment results. The Office of Academic Development also collects and electronically houses completed summary reports (Action Plans).

Tools and Handbooks

All official course syllabi are housed in the College’s Curriculum Warehouse. Created in 2004 to provide a central digital repository for course syllabi, the Curriculum Warehouse has migrated to a SharePoint environment. SharePoint will simplify and streamline the syllabus proposal and approval process while increasing communication between the Curriculum Committee and faculty.

Assessment Resources

Official course syllabi contain course outcomes and objectives as well as links to Macomb’s Common Degree Outcomes. The documents required to submit new courses or course revisions to the Curriculum Committee have been redesigned in order to standardize language and more clearly and consistently communicate processes to the faculty. All Curriculum Committee forms have been updated and made available on the Curriculum Warehouse.

As part of the biennial course syllabus review, Macomb’s faculty review course syllabi. During the Syllabus Review year, course outcomes and objectives as well as links to Common Degree Outcomes are reviewed and updated if needed, and course assessment strategies declared. In order to support syllabus review, a Syllabus Review Process Guide was created in 2012 and distributed to faculty at institution-wide professional and curriculum development days. The Syllabus Review Process Guide presents faculty with an overview of the process and required forms, a tutorial on how to write effective learning outcomes and objectives, a sample syllabus, an explanation of Macomb’s Common Degree Outcomes, and specific information on syllabus changes that require Curriculum Committee approval. Assessment Resources
Using the official course syllabus, faculty members conduct periodic course assessment. The schedule for course assessment is kept on a master list and available to all faculty. To support the course assessment process a Course Assessment Workbook was created and distributed to faculty. The Course Assessment Workbook represents the assessment cycle graphically then provides explanations, examples, and exercises, for each phase of the cycle. Both the Syllabus Review Process Guide and the Course Assessment Workbook have been widely adopted by Macomb’s faculty.
Assessment Resources

Workshops and Professional Development Series

Macomb’s Center for Teaching and Learning offers professional development to the faculty to support all aspects of teaching and learning, including assessment of student learning outcomes. All professional development services are available to faculty as one-on-one consultations, departmental workshops, and college-wide workshops. The following are just a few of our professional development offerings to faculty.

Assessment Resources

Course Design: A Hands-on Approach (offered every semester)

You are an expert in your field. You know the intricacies of your discipline and how to communicate your disciplinary knowledge and experience to students. But like many professors, you may have lingering questions about course design. In this workshop we’ll work through tried-and true principles of course design, generate course content maps, and draft course-wide assignments and rubrics. You’ll walk out with a robust plan for a new or redesigned course! This workshop is designed for faculty (usually full-time) who are responsible to design and/or redesign courses in their department.

Fearless Course Assessment (offered every semester)

Are you looking for ways to measure student learning across courses over the span of a semester? Are you interested in using tools that go beyond pre- and post-testing? We’ve got great news! There are many ways to assess student learning of course outcomes, including collecting student artifacts and using common rubrics. Please plan to join us to explore a variety of authentic assessments you can use to gather information on student learning. We’ll look into types of assessments and rubrics, the number of students and courses to select for assessment purposes, and identify the types of resources the Office of Academic Development has to support your assessment projects. We'll also let you know when your courses were last assessed and help you prepare an assessment plan—the first step in the process. This workshop is designed for faculty (usually full-time) who are responsible for course assessment across all sections.

Drop-in Syllabus Review (offered during Syllabus Review year)

It’s Syllabus Review Year! Do you have questions about how to complete the paperwork, how to spiff up your course outcomes and objectives, or just want a bit of assistance with the process? Drop in to any of our new Syllabus Review and Editing sessions where you’ll get an overview of the process, and one-on-one assistance with your syllabus. Come when you can; stay as long as you’d like. You’ll walk away with a syllabus that’s either fully reviewed or ready for the next step in the process.

Benchmarks of Effective Educational Practice & the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) Data (New workshop for Fall 2013)

What are the five benchmarks of effective educational practices? What does research show about student success when these are practiced? What strategies can we use in our classrooms to seamlessly incorporate these practices? What does the CCSSE data reveal about our students’ perceptions of these practices? We will be discussing these topics and more.


Macomb’s Standing Committees, Ad Hoc committees, and advisory boards provide assessment support and resources to the college.

  • Curriculum Committee (standing committee comprised of faculty and administrators)
  • Assessment Committee (a sub-committee of the Curriculum Committee comprised of faculty and administrators)
  • Career Programs such as Respiratory Therapy align their accrediting bodies’ requirements to course and program outcomes
  • Advisory Boards in Career areas such as Marketing provide insight and guidance on program outcomes

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