Program Assessment

Program Assessment is the ongoing process of measuring the extent to which students are learning specific knowledge, skills and abilities determined by the faculty within programs and lead by accreditation bodies. The results are then used by faculty to propose any curricular and pedagogical changes needed to enhance student learning. At Oakland Community College all Associate degree programs are required to identify at least three learning outcomes. These learning outcomes identify what a student is expected to know, think or do as a result of successful completion of the coursework required for each program. OCC requires degree or certificate programs to have fully developed learning outcomes and assessment plans for the assessment of student learning prior to accepting students.

All faculty teaching within a discipline or program at OCC are expected to have input in the development of program-level student learning outcomes and assessment plans. Once a program is assessed, if evidence suggests that students are not attaining the benchmark for a particular learning outcome, an action strategy may be implemented that makes changes to curriculum and/or pedagogy to increase student success in the program. Action strategies are tracked through OCC’s online Assessment Tracking Results Information System (ARTIS) and feedback about the success of the action strategy is communicated back to the faculty.

Many programs at OCC have external accrediting bodies and these external accreditation bodies often have their own student learning outcome objectives the programs must achieve.

Co-Curricular Student Learning Assessment

Co-curricular assessment is the assessment of learning that takes place in organized, structured activities in areas other than a classroom, but serves as a support of academic learning in courses and programs. Co-curricular assessment aims to determine the extent to which co-curricular areas reinforce aspects of academic learning. The Office of Institutional Effectiveness, as well as SOAC, works with faculty in each co-curricular area to define appropriate learning outcomes and implement meaningful assessment activities.

Current co-curricular areas currently assessed at OCC include:

  • Success Seminars taught by Academic Support Center Faculty
  • Library Instructions Sessions taught by Library Faculty
  • OCC's Mandatory New Student Online Orientation
  • Mandatory Counseling Sessions & Academic Interventions