Assessment at Utica College
Assessment Processes at Utica College
The college’s five (5) intellectual skills—communication, critical analysis and reasoning, synthesis, quantitative reasoning, and social awareness—are assessed through Core program offerings, the academic major, and the co-curricular experience. Programs/departments and co-curricular units document results on an annual basis in their assessment reports.
The five (5) intellectual skills have been assessed regularly using different processes. Most recently, the Oversight Committee for Core (OCC) is responsible for managing student learning assessments in Core courses. These assessments include, but are not limited to, the 5 intellectual skills. Faculty who teach classes in the Core program, coupled with faculty who served in cadres that had assessed these intellectual skills in prior years, constitute Core Leadership Groups. These faculty manage the assessment plan for the Core program. Specifically, they design the methods, conduct the assessments, review the results and determine an action plan. The results and action plans are then shared with the Faculty Senate.
The director of Core is a full-time, tenured member of the faculty and reports directly to the Provost.
Indirect assessments of student learning and institutional effectiveness are additionally conducted by the Office of Institutional Research. Such measures include the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), the Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI), and the Student Opinion of Teaching survey. The NSSE and SSI results may be found at http://www.utica.edu/ir/studentsurveys.cfm.