Student Learning Outcomes Statements

Common Degree Outcomes

Excellence in teaching and learning is a key component of the 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 will 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*

The graduate can integrate the knowledge and technological skills necessary to be a successful learner

The graduate can demonstrate how to think competently

The graduate can demonstrate how to employ mathematical knowledge

The graduate can demonstrate how to communicate competently

The graduate is sensitive to issues relating to a diverse, global society

* Approved by the Curriculum Committee, May 2005

Program Outcomes

Currently, there are approximately 80 programs that lead to degrees (in addition to many transfer plans, certificate options, and areas of study) at Macomb In 2014 the office of Academic Development collected information across disciplines on program level outcomes and assessment activities, so that the information could be housed electronically in the Curriculum Warehouse and are 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.

Program Outcomes Assessment Team

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.

2011-2012 Year 1 Goals Completed:

  • Begin with an overview of direct and indirect assessment methods
  • Share research of other community college's program assessment strategies & level of information shared externally
  • Schedule team to attend Higher Learning Commission ( HLC ) workshop on program assessment
  • Review the outcomes for the program(s) chosen to be a part of the pilot project
  • Review alignment of program outcomes to Macomb's Common Degree Outcomes (CDOs)
  • Mapping of classes (identification and mapping of courses within the program that support the program outcomes and/or CDOs)
  • Development of rubrics or assessment tools for assessing classes that map back to program outcomes and CDO's.
  • At end of year 1, review the three-year project goals

2012-2013 Year 2 Goals Completed:

  • Fall semester complete assessment strategy activities and prepare to assess courses Winter Term
  • Winter term assessment occurs

2013-2014 Year 3 Goals Completed:

  • Review of process, assessment tools, and strategies
  • Best practice workbook/guide developed for program assessment
  • Dissemination of assessment results to all stakeholders
  • Share practice workbook/guide across the college

Course Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are the foundation for good assessment practices at Macomb. Macomb Community College has over 1,000 active courses. This is a dynamic number as courses are added, deleted and/or updated regularly to meet the need of the students, transfer partners, and industry standards. Curriculum design and updates are faculty led and supported through the Office of Academic Development. Robust 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 review year.  Lead faculty for each course review the outcomes, objectives, course description, content outline, and Common Degree Outcomes on the syllabus and either determine if changes are needed or if the information is current and relevant.  All course syllabi are housed electronically in the Curriculum Warehouse.

Course outcomes are identical for all sections of a course are listed on the First Day Handout which is distributed to the students in class.

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