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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 institution-level assessment and assess the college's various 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 evidence and assessment at Queens College.
  • The Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE) provides data and professional development in partnership with:
  • The Provost’s Office, along with Academic Deans, supports departments conducting Academic Program Review (APR).
  • The College provides financial support for faculty development initiatives related to 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 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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