Current Assessment Activities
In order to support and cultivate a culture of assessment at Macomb, the college community participates in activities to facilitate assessment and emphasize its importance
Macomb Community College has implemented an annual curriculum day event. The Tuesday of Thanksgiving week is set aside for departmental meetings for all full-time faculty. The focus of Curriculum Day is to discuss and plan assessment activities and review and update curriculum.
Faculty Development Day
Macomb’s bi-annual Faculty Development Day (FDD) is held each year during the week before Fall and Winter semesters, respectively. All full-time faculty and Learning Unit administration attend and the day focuses on providing college updates, reporting on existing and new initiatives, and informing the college of upcoming events. Each year a keynote speaker is invited. In recent years, Dr. Paul Hernandez spoke on Alternative Lessons that support student engagement and understanding of course content, Dr. Terry Doyle presented on cognitive processes central to students’ learning, and Dr. Terrell Strayhorn spoke about strategies for student inclusion in education. In addition, the Center for Teaching and Learning staff often support curriculum and assessment activities in breakout sessions and departmental meetings at FDD.
Institutional Development Day
Institutional Development Day (IDD) is held each year during the Winter Semester. At this event, the college community staff hear the President’s “State of the College” address and participate in a multitude of professional development activities. The focus of the professional development activities for faculty is on teaching and learning.
The Faculty Academy is a yearlong professional development program designed to introduce new full-time faculty to Macomb Community College and its mission, resources, policies, academic culture, and probationary process. Effective teaching and learning strategies, course and curriculum design, and assessment techniques that focus on increasing student success and retention are among the topics explored and discussed during these sessions. While designed for new full-time faculty, the Faculty Academy is open to all faculty members.
Highlighted Assessment Activities
An ongoing 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 is a course 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 are currently in the process.
Common Degree Outcomes
The Community College Survey of Engagement (CCSSE) 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, with the first collection done in the 2007 Winter Semester. The Program Assessment Team aligned the applicable items on the CCSSE to Macomb’s Common Degree Outcomes (CDOs) for an indirect assessment of CDOs. The O ffice of Institutional Research created a report that maps students' perception of involvement in activities identified in CCSSE to the five Common Degree Outcomes. The report indicated that students perceived they are involved in the activities that are identified in CCSSE and mapped to Common Degree Outcomes. The report also indicated 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 and is used to identify 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
A P rogram A ssessment T eam, comprised of cross-disciplinary faculty members and administrators from Institutional Research and the Center for Teaching and Learning, developed and disseminated processes, strategies, and resources on program assessment for the wider college community . The P rogram A ssessment T eam developed workshops and gave presentations to faculty at Faculty Development Day and Institutional Development Day. The Program Assessment Team also presented at the 2013 TRENDS conference.
The Office of Academic Development collects information across 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. Furthermore, each of our career area programs has advisory boards and many have outside accreditation bodies as well as the North Central Association’s Higher Learning Commission accreditation. The lead faculty member in each career area program ensures that the program outcomes and content meet their accreditation bodies’ standards and align to national/state examinations and certifications.