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What is Assessment and Why is it Important?

Assessment is the process of gathering qualitative and/or quantitative data to gauge progress on academic and operational goals and guide decisions about whether to 'stay the course' or implement changes. Assessment is important because it helps us determine whether our purpose as an academic institution—the Queens College Mission—is being met.

At Queens College, assessment findings inform program/process development and course instruction, with the goal of improving student learning, the student experience, and overall institutional effectiveness. See our Guiding Principles for Assessment to learn more. 

Who Conducts Assessment at Queens College?
  • Faculty define and conduct assessment of student learning outcomes.
  • Staff define and conduct assessment of administrative outcomes.
  • Chairs and assessment liaisons conduct assessment of program outcomes.
  • Advisory committees, comprised of faculty and staff, conduct institutional assessment and assess the college's assessment processes, providing feedback to the campus community intended to improve the quality of assessment.

 

Who Supports Assessment at Queens College?
  • The President and Cabinet members support and advocate for a culture of assessment at Queens College.
  • The Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE) supports 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 general education and institutional learning outcomes.
  • The Associate Provost, along with Academic Deans, supports the Academic Program Review (APR) process.

 

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 intended to encourage greater reflection on andragogical practices and offer faculty an opportunity to explore in depth how students learn. The inaugural workshop had 20 faculty participants who discussed theories and principles of learning as they relate to QC students, and research-based strategies to improve student learning. The four-session discussion series will be offered again next summer. Stay tuned for announcements regarding future workshops within the series.

 

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