Overview of the Academic Assessment Process at NCC
Academic Assessment at NCC is comprised of several distinct processes under the broad categories of Program Assessment and Course Assessment.
Program Review. Full review of each NCC degree-granting program is required by SUNY every five years, with two external reviewers providing recommendations for program improvement. Using the recommendations provided during the review, programs develop a post-review Action Plan for program quality improvement that is implemented during the years until the next review.
Learning Assessment at Course Level and Program Level. Departments develop unique 3-4 year Departmental Assessment Plans to assess student learning in their courses on an ongoing basis. Assessments of General Education discipline-specific learning goals and complex competencies infused across the curriculum, within the framework of SUNY system-wide general education learning goals, are integrated into the departments’ annual assessment activities. Annual reporting of assessment activities and results of learning assessments are collected in the on line system. Curriculum Mapping links program learning to course learning. Results of course level learning assessments are used to assess program level learning outcomes.
Academic Student Services and Other Areas. Academic Student Services areas are included in the implementation of assessment. These areas assess their goals for support of student outcomes and quality of service. A customized workspace for Administrative units was designed and disseminated in 2015. The ultimate goal is to provide an integrated structure that facilitates the systematic campus-wide use of assessment results to make evidence-based planning and resource allocation decisions, thereby ensuring the continuous quality improvement that is the hallmark of an effective institution.