Assessment Processes at Utica College
Academic Departments and Core
Program-level assessmentAll academic programs, including Core, are expected to assess program-level student learning and operational goals on an annual basis. Plans and results should be submitted to the Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness/Dean of Academic Assessment by August 15 of each year.
Best practice recommends assessing each learning goal twice during a 5-year review cycle. Departments are urged to use assessments that measure multiple learning goals ("work smarter, not harder") and capitalize on assessments organic to their programs, such as internship evaluations, student teaching reviews, and clinical performance assessments.
All full-time faculty in a program should participate in the department's assessment process, from administering the assessments to interpreting the results and generating an action plan. Efforts should be made to include adjunct faculty in the process as well. When warranted, results should be shared with other stakeholders, such as students or alumni.
If the department’s assessment findings suggest a need for additional or increased resources, the chairperson should make an appointment to meet with the School Dean to discuss the findings and the recommend action plan/resource requests. When appropriate, deans will advocate for academic departments in their school.
Annual goal reports and assessment plans are reviewed by the Academic Assessment Committee (AAC), using a rubric that aligns with institutional requirements and articulates the characteristics of effective assessment. The AAC is further responsible for periodic assessments of the assessment processes. Results of these assessments are reported in the AAC's semi-annual reports to the Provost and Faculty Senate and may be accessed on the Academic Assessment Committee's website.
Academic departments are also expected to complete a 5-Year Program Review.
Further information regarding assessment processes, including how they are reviewed, may be found in the Guide to Academic Assessment: 2020-2021 and the Academic Assessment Committee Handbook: 2020-2021.
Course-level assessmentCourse-level learning goals are expected to be clearly articulated in each syllabus and congruent with program-level learning goals. Syllabi should also include information about how the learning will be assessed, when the assessments will occur, and how much each assessment is worth towards the final grade. The College also has specific instructions for what needs to be included in each syllabus. School deans and/or program directors and chairpersons may review syllabi to ensure compliance. Faculty are required to submit copies of their course syllabi to the respective school office during the first week of classes.
Course-level assessments may inform the development of new courses, the elimination of courses, or substantial revisions to a course. Such changes are managed through the Curriculum Committee.
Co-Curricular OperationsThe College, recognizing and valuing the learning that students gain while outside the classroom, maintains that the co-curriculum is an exceptionally important part of a student's college experience. As such, co-curricular and support units in Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and Athletics are required to identify student learning goals that are congruent with the Co-Curricular Student Development Competencies. Units are expected to assess these learning goals on a regular basis.
The following operations are responsible for assessing student learning in addition to operational effectiveness: Athletics, Athletic Student Success, the Office of Student Living and College Engagement, the Counseling Center, Career and Professional Development, Student Conduct and Community Standards, Learning Services, New Student Programs, the Center for Student Success, Opportunity Programs (CSTEP and HEOP), the Health Center, International Education, Library and Learning Commons, Tutoring, and Undergraduate Admissions.
Assessment plans and reports should be submitted to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness by June 30. Reports will be reviewed by the Co-Curricular Assessment Committee
An online course, "Assessment in Co-Curricular and Student Support Operations" (https://sites.google.com/utica.edu/uticacoca), provides detailed information about requirements, expectations, and effective assessment practices.