Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes at Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College is committed to continuous educational improvement through assessment. The assessment cycle at Macomb includes assessing the students’ achievement of course, program, and Common Degree Outcomes (CDOs) and using the data to improve student learning. As part of this commitment to continuous improvement through assessment, Macomb Community College has joined 40 other colleges as a BETA site for the Voluntary Framework of Accountability (VFA) project. The VFA project is dedicated to providing metrics for community colleges to help share important information to all interested parties.

Macomb has followed the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment framework for providing assessment information. For information on Macomb’s assessment activities, click on the links in the left-hand column.

National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment

Definitions

Student Learning Outcomes Statements

Student learning outcomes statements clearly state the expected knowledge, skills, attitudes, competencies, and habits of mind that students are expected to acquire at an institution of higher education.

Asessment Plans

Campus plans for gathering evidence of student learning might include institution-wide or program specific approaches that convey how student learning will be assessed, the data collection tools and approaches that will be used, and the timeline for implementation.

Assessment Resources

Assessment resources encompass information or training provided to faculty and staff to help them understand, develop, implement, communicate, and use evidence of student learning.

Current Assessment Activities

Current assessment activities include information on a full range of projects and activities recently completed or currently underway to gauge student learning, make improvements or respond to accountability interests.

Evidence of Student Learning

Evidence of student learning includes results of assessment activities. This may include evidence of indirect (e.g. surveys) and direct (e.g. portfolio) student learning as well as institutional performance indicators (e.g. licensure pass rate).

Use of Student Evidence

This component represents the extent to which evidence of student learning is used to identify areas where changes in policies and practices may lead to improvement, inform institutional decision-making, problem identification, planning, goal setting, faculty development, course revision, program review, and accountability or accreditation self-study.

National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment. (2011). Transparency Framework. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA). Retrieved from: http://www.learningoutcomeassessment.org/TransparencyFramework.htm

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