Program Assessment is the ongoing process of measuring the extent to which students obtain specific knowledge, skills and abilities within programs to support advanced education or employment. The results of program assessment are used by faculty to propose curricular and pedagogical changes to enhance student learning. At Oakland Community College all Associate degree programs are required to identify at least three learning outcomes. Additionally, each program has an advisory board which includes employers and other stakeholders in the community, and these boards also provide guidance on the program learning outcomes.
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. Feedback about the success of the action strategy is tracked by the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.
Lastly, 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.