Overview of the Academic Assessment Process at NCC
Academic assessment at NCC is comprised of several distinct but integrated processes under the broad categories of Program Assessment and Course Assessment.
Program Assessment. 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.
Course Assessment. 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 reports of the process and results of course level assessment are collected and evaluated by the Office for Academic Assessment and Program Review, in order to improve campus-wide assessment practices and inform planning.
Taskstream®. In Fall 2010, the College selected Taskstream to transition to an online management system for assessment and accreditation. The customized institutional interface was built and pre-populated by the Office for Academic Assessment and Program Review (OAPR) during the 2010-2011 academic year, with draft program level learning goals having been identified by academic Department Chairs and faculty. Training for faculty and staff in the use of the system was implemented during the 2011-2012 academic year. During the 2012-2013 academic year departments worked closely with OAPR to refine and finalize program level assessment plans in Taskstream, in preparation for the inaugural campus-wide data collection and analysis in the Spring and Summer of 2013. Academic departments began building course level assessment plans in Taskstream during Spring 2013. Transition to online management of course level assessment is expected to be completed within 2-3 years.
Student Services and Other Areas. Student services areas are included in the implementation of assessment in Taskstream, and custom workspaces were designed for these areas to assess their goals for support of student outcomes and quality of services. A customized workspace for Administrative units has been designed and disseminated in preparation for expanding the culture of assessment across the entire institution with an integrated focus on student outcomes and experiences. The goal is to provide a 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.