Timeline

2005

Launched Student Learning Outcomes Assessment work, building on prior core curricular values integration work that had stopped short of evaluation as well as the college’s Carnegie Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) faculty/staff Community of Practice, steeped in faculty and staff research, collaboration and scholarship for the purpose of improving student learning. See documentation.

All assessment work was undertaken by faculty and staff committees, supported by Dean of Assessment, and required feedback and approval of larger college faculty and staff community via monthly Faculty Staff Association (FSA) meetings.


2006

Identification of Institutional Student Learning Outcomes (ISLOs)


2006-2009

ISLO assessment tools and processes developed and piloted, moving from homegrown rubrics, to eventual adoption and adaptation of AACU VALUE rubrics.

ISLO assessment results shared annually at FSA meetings, followed by college wide discussion on strategies for improvement.


2007-2008

Identification of Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) embedded in program descriptions. PSLO assessment embedded in Program Review process.


2011-2014

Gen Ed revision, under guidance of FSA General Education Committee, centering student development of ISLOs and associated assessment within General Education program.

All Gen Ed courses revised by departments, using Gen Ed Committee-developed tools and processes to identify contextually relevant ISLOs to embed and assess, using student artifacts. Professional Development funding provided to programs to support program use of assessment results to improve student learning.


2014

Instituted use of regional accreditors’ (NEASC/NECHE) “Series E” reporting forms for ISLO and PSLO assessment reporting, with emphasis on evidence-based decision making to improve SLOs.. 

Offices of Assessment and Professional Development merged to better support faculty/staff work to improve student SLO achievement..


2015

Annual Assessment Day established in response to faculty/staff request for dedicated time for the work at the institutional and program levels.


2016

Pilot Blackboard Outcomes as institutional Assessment Management System (AMS), with Professional Development support.


2016-2019

Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs)  development led by department chairs, using tools and processes generated by FSA Curriculum Committee, published in Academic Course Catalog.


2017

MCC awarded Excellence in Assessment Award by the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).


2018

Assessment leadership shifted from an administrative office to FSA Assessment Committee.

Last Modified: 7/22/19