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
Common Degree Outcomes
A direct assessment of Common Degree Outcomes is underway. A team consisting of faculty, Institutional Research and Academic Development staff are piloting the 2016-2017 assessment of Common Degree Outcome 5: The graduate is sensitive to issues relating to a diverse, global society.
An indirect assessment of Common Degree Outcomes uses the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSEE) 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. At Macomb Community College the CCSSE data is collected every 3 years, with the first collection occurring in the Winter 2007 semester. The Program Assessment Team aligned applicable items 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 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 are mapped to Common Degree Outcomes. The report also indicated that, overall, this involvement has increased over time.
Another indirect measure of Common Degree Outcomes is the Graduation Report. 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.
One of the 2016-2017 initiatives is for faculty to review program outcomes in preparation for inclusion in the 2017-2018 academic e-catalog.
In addition to reviewing all program outcomes, faculty assess program outcomes. In the last two years, approximately 35% of all programs have been assessed. It is expected that in the next two years, the remaining programs will be assessed.
The Office of Academic Development collects information across disciplines on program outcomes and assessment activities. The information is housed in the Curriculum Warehouse. There are approximately 70 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.
Top 30 Courses
In addition to the ongoing course assessment activities (housed centrally in the Curriculum Warehouse) for the over 1,000 courses offered at Macomb Community College, the Top 30 course assessment initiative began in 2010.
In 2010 Macomb Community College identified the Top30 courses - courses that either have the most sections offered and highest student enrollment and/or are most often taken by students who earn a degree from the college. A concerted effort was made to assess the outcomes in these courses. By 2015 all Top 30 courses had gone through the assessment cycle and will continue to assess on a regular schedule.
2016-2017 Syllabus Review
In addition to ongoing curricular updates, and as part of Macomb Community College’s commitment to providing its students with a quality education, every other year is an Official Course Syllabus Review Year. Lead faculty for each course review the outcomes, objectives, course description, content outline, and Common Degree Outcomes on the syllabus and determine if changes are needed or if the information is current and relevant.