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
There are 80 programs that lead to degrees (in addition to many transfer plans, certificate options, and areas of study) at Macomb. 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. For example, the Public Service Institute Programs and related outcomes are listed below.
- 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
Currently, a Program Assessment Team, comprised of faculty from business and English and administrators from the Offices of Institutional Research and Academic Development, is completing the third and final year of their project. The following Year 1 and Year 2 goals have been met. As part of the year three plan, the team will be presenting an overview of their program assessment project at the TRENDS conference in October 2013.
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:
- 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 Learning Outcomes are the foundation for good assessment practices at Macomb. As of fall 2013, Macomb has 1,020 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 700 curriculum actions have been approved through the curriculum committee process in the last three years.
Each of the 1,020 courses has an Official Course Syllabus. 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 links to Common Degree Outcomes on the syllabus and either determine changes are needed or the information is still correct and relevant. All of the syllabi are housed electronically in the Curriculum Warehouse.
Course outcomes for all sections of a course are the same, and the first day handouts given to each student in the course include the course outcome statements for that course.