Student Learning Outcomes Statements
Common Degree Outcomes
Excellence in teaching and learning is a key component of Macomb Community College’s Guiding Principles. Learning opportunities-courses, programs, and related activities-incorporate specific outcomes designed to prepare students for real-world experiences and employment challenges. Embedded in all courses are educational experiences that reinforce a student's understanding of technology, critical thinking, mathematics, communications, and globalization and diversity.
Macomb Community College is committed to the continual improvement of teaching and learning. To reflect this commitment, Common Degree Outcomes are provided to help establish a structured environment within which students can realize their educational goals. Therefore, associate degree recipients are expected to meet the following outcomes as appropriate to the student's program.
Macomb Community College’s Common Degree Outcome Statement*
1. The graduate can integrate the knowledge and technological skills necessary to be a successful learner.
- The student will be able to utilize technology to generate work and effectively communicate with others.
- The student can locate, analyze, evaluate, and critique information resources.
- The student will be able to responsibly and ethically use and properly attribute information resources.
2. The graduate can demonstrate how to think competently.
- The student will be able to identify problems, approach them systematically, and explore viable solutions.
- The student will be able to evaluate the reasoning and arguments and evidence offered by others.
3. The graduate can demonstrate how to employ mathematical knowledge.
- The student can apply the concepts of math.
- The student can use quantitative data in everyday life.
- The student can evaluate quantitative information.
4. The graduate can demonstrate how to communicate competently.
- The student's written and oral work is organized, and the development is appropriate to the task and to the arguments presented by the student.
- The student can clearly distinguish between his ideas and those of others in both written and oral communication.
- The student's written work follows the conventions of standard written English in punctuation, grammar, and spelling.
5. The graduate is sensitive to issues relating to a diverse, global society.
- The student will have an understanding and appreciation of multicultural factors and their personal, professional and societal significance.
- The student will grasp technological, scientific, and economic advances in the context of their broader societal and international impact.
- The student will have an understanding and appreciation of diverse geographical, historical, sociological, and psychological viewpoints.
*Approved by the Curriculum Committee, May 2005
Currently at Macomb, there are approximately 80 programs that lead to degrees (in addition to many transfer plans, certificate options, and areas of study). In 2014, the Office of Academic Development collected information across disciplines on program level outcomes and assessment activities in order to house it electronically in the Curriculum Warehouse and become accessible to Macomb faculty and staff. The Program Summary Sheets for Assessment also contain program outcomes, and identify Common Degree Outcomes that the program addresses.
The Public Service Institute Programs Summary Sheets for Assessment, listed below, are an example of the documents housed in the Curriculum Warehouse.
- Emergency Medical Services - Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic
- Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic/Firefighter
- Fire Science
- Fire Science with Academy
- Homeland Security
- Law Enforcement
- Law Enforcement with Police Academy
Program Outcomes Assessment Team
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 to the wider college community on program assessment. 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.
2011-2012 Year 1 Goals Completed:
- Reviewed direct and indirect assessment methods
- Shared research on other community college s’ program assessment strategies and types of information those institutions communicated externally
- Attended Higher Learning Commission (HLC) workshop on program assessment
- Reviewed the outcomes for the program(s) chosen to be a part of the pilot project
- Reviewed alignment of program outcomes to Macomb's Common Degree Outcomes (CDOs)
- Mapped classes (identification and mapping of courses within the program that support the program outcomes and/or CDOs)
- Developed rubrics or assessment tools for assessing classes that map back to program outcomes and CDO's.
- At end of year 1, reviewed the three-year project goals
2012-2013 Year 2 Goals Completed:
- During the Fall 2012 semester, completed assessment strategy activities and prepared to assess courses in Winter 2013 s emester
- Winter 2013 s emester assessment occurred
2013-2014 Year 3 Goals Completed:
- Reviewed assessment process, assessment tools, and strategies
- Best practice workbook/guide developed for program assessment
- Disseminated assessment project results to all stakeholders
- Shared best practice workbook/guide across the college
Course Learning Outcomes build the foundation for sound assessment practices. Macomb Community College has over 1,000 active courses. This is a fluctuating number as courses are added, deleted and/or updated regularly to meet the need of students, transfer partners, and industry standards. Curriculum design and updates are faculty led and supported through the Office of Academic Development. Numerous curriculum updates occur; approximately 250 curriculum actions are approved through the Curriculum Committee each year.
Each active course has an Official Course Syllabus housed in the Curriculum Warehouse. Each Official Course Syllabus indicates which of the five Common Degree Outcomes are reflected in the coursework for that class. As part of Macomb Community College’s commitment to providing its students with a quality education, every other year is an Official Course Syllabus R eview Y ear. 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.
Course outcomes are identical for all sections of a course and are listed on the corresponding First Day Handout which is distributed to the students in class.Spotlight