What is Assessment?

Assessment is the process of gathering qualitative and/or quantitative data to systematically gauge the effectiveness of the institution (its programs) and its progress towards its academic and operational goals. Assessment findings are used to inform academic and administrative program development, course instruction, and subsequently improve student learning and the student experience at Queens College. 

Who Conducts Assessment?
  • Faculty define and conduct assessment of student learning goals.
  • Staff define and conduct assessment of administrative goals.
  • Chairs and their assessment liaisons conduct assessment of program goals.
  • Advisory committees (faculty and staff) conduct assessment of assessment and provide feedback to the campus community on the quality of assessment activities.


Who Supports Assessment?
  • The Provost supports and advocates for a culture of assessment at Queens College. 
  • The Office of Institutional Effectiveness supports academic and administrative assessment activities in partnership with:
    • The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) to provide professional development with regards to students learning and the assessment of student learning,
    • The Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Committee (SLOAC),
    • Administrative Outcomes Assessment Committee (AOAC),
    • The General Education Advisory Committee (GEAC), and
    • The Faculty Director of General Education to structure the assessment of CUNY Pathways learning outcomes and QC Institutional Learning Goals (ILOs).
  • The Associate Provost, along with Academic Deans, oversees the Academic Program Review (APR) process.


To learn more about how assessment works here at Queens College, see our Assessment System Diagram or read about our Guiding Principles for Assessment.


The Provost’s Assessment Workshop Series 

In May 2017, the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs announced the Provost’s Assessment Workshop Series, which kicked off with a discussion series on student learning. The four-session discussion series will be offered every summer and is intended to encourage greater reflection on andragogical practices, exploring in depth how students learn to determine how best to teach. Participants identify theories and principles of learning as they relate to QC students and develop a greater understanding of research-based strategies to improve student learning.

Stay tuned for announcements regarding future workshops within the series.


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