Current Assessment Activities
In order to support and grow a culture of assessment at Macomb, the college community participates in a variety of activities to further the advancement of student learning outcomes.
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 has been 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 the week before fall and winter semesters. All full-time faculty and Learning Unit administration attend and the day focuses on providing information on college updates, report outs on existing and new initiatives and information on 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 spoke on cognitive processes central to students’ learning, and Dr. Terrell Strayhorn spoke on strategies for student inclusion in education. In addition, the Center for Teaching & Learning staff often support curriculum and assessment activities in breakout sessions and departmental meetings.
Institutional Development Day
Institutional Development Day (IDD) occurs each year during the winter semester. This day provides an opportunity for the college community to hear the President’s, “State of the College” address and then to participate in a multitude of professional development activities for the college staff. The focus of the professional development offerings for faculty is centered on teaching & 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 the faculty probationary process. In addition, effective teaching and learning strategies, course and curriculum design, and assessment techniques that focus on increasing student success and retention are just a few of the topics we explore and discuss during the sessions. Academy sessions are open to all faculty members.
Highlighted Assessment Activities
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.
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
A program assessment team 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 for the wider college community on program assessment. The program assessment team developed workshops, presented to faculty at Faculty Development Day and Institutional Development Day as well as at the 2013 TRENDS conference.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.