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, and Dr. Terry Doyle spoke on cognitive processes central to students’ learning. In addition, the Center for Teaching & Learning staff supports curriculum and assessment activities in the morning breakout sessions and afternoon department 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 Presidents, “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.
New Faculty Academy
The Faculty Academy is a 64 hour 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 of the assessment projects currently underway is the Top 30 project. The criteria for a course selected to be on the Top 30 list is that the course either has the most sections offered and highest enrollment of students and/or courses most often taken by students who earn a degree at Macomb. Twenty-five of the top 30 courses have been recently assessed and plans are underway to asses the other five courses.
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 was collected in the winter of 2013, 2010, and 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 Institution Research then created a report showing the comparison of the response rate from the three years of data for the applicable questions. The report shows that many of the indicators are trending upward which reflects an increase in the students’ participation of instructional experiences that align with Macomb’s CDOs.
Another Common Degree Outcome project nearing completion is the CDO graduation report. For each of the course syllabi the faculty has marked which CDOs they feel the course content aligns to. All of the CDO information for each syllabus was entered into a Datatel screen, so that a report on the graduating students’ level of exposure to each CDO could be run. This indirect assessment is used to determine that all of the graduation students have taken courses that align to each of the CDOs.
Program Level Student Learning Outcomes
A current project of the office of Academic Development is to collect the information across the disciplines on program level outcomes and assessment activities, so that the information can be housed electronically and accessible by all. There are approximately 80 programs that lead to degrees (in addition to many transfer plans, certificate options, and areas of study) at Macomb. Check back to see the related outcome statements and assessment activities as we update the list. Each of our career area programs has advisory boards and outside accreditation bodies. 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.
In addition, a program assessment team comprised of cross-disciplinary faculty members and administrators from Institutional Research and the Center for Teaching and Learning is in its third project year. The goal of this committee is to develop and disseminate processes, strategies, and resources for the wider college community on program assessment. The program assessment committee will report on their progress at the October 2013 TRENDS conference.
- Faculty Academy/CTL website
- Faculty handbook