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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

Program Outcomes

Currently at Macomb, there are approximately 70 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.

Course Outcomes

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 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.

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.