Academic Assessment and Program Review

Vision

The Office for Academic Assessment and Program Review supports NCC’s efforts to provide evidence that our students are reaching their educational goals by helping faculty design effective and meaningful assessments and helping college administrators gather, organize, and use information to assess their units and plan for the future.

The vision of OAPR is that every faculty member, staff member, and administrator at NCC will gather the evidence they need to ensure that they are reaching their goals and that they will use that evidence to engage in meaningful reflection and efforts to improve and grow, whatever their role. To this end, OAPR supports all efforts to develop accurate and authentic measures of assessment of student learning for any member of the NCC community and maintains the highest degree of transparency and integration of all assessment information so that we will develop a culture of assessment, improvement, and evolution as an institution.

Office History

The NCC Office for Academic Assessment and Program Review (OAPR) was founded in 2007. The office is responsible for facilitating ongoing assessment practices, including those related to student outcomes and quality of campus services, and for ensuring adherence to requirements for assessment established by the State University of New York (SUNY) and by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).

The Coordinator of OAPR and a team of faculty Assessment Fellows function as a resource for faculty, administrators and staff engaged in activities related to assessment of student learning, student services and administrative functions.

Mission

The mission of the Office for Academic Assessment and Program Review (OAPR) is to support the assessment activities of faculty, administrators and staff, and to ensure that these activities (1) are aligned with the Institutional Mission and Strategic Plan and (2) produce meaningful assessment results, including those related to student outcomes and quality of campus services. Further, the OAPR mission encompasses support and guidance for integrating the processes and results of campus assessment activities into departmental planning processes. OAPR is dedicated to leading development of the campus-wide culture of assessment that is the hallmark of an effective institution of higher education.


Spring 2018

  • Begin data collection on your key learning outcomes as early as possible so that you have time to discuss findings and action plans with your colleagues prior to submitting your annual report on June 1.
  • The Annual Assessment Overview consists of the following three sections: Update on Departmental Assessment Committee; Update on Departmental Assessment Plan; and an Assessment Summary.  All sections must be completed in Taskstream by June 1, unless an extension has been requested ahead of time. 

Fall 2017

  • This year, we will focus on collecting General Education Learning Outcomes for Social Science, Natural Sciences and the Institutional Learning Outcomes of Information Literacy and Global Awareness, Pluralism and Diversity. Departments should identify the appropriate courses from which to gather assessment findings for these outcomes.
  • Assessment Plans should be refined for all program/department workspaces.
  • Curriculum maps must be completed for all programs and certificates.  All courses serving degree and/or certificate programs should be included in the curriculum maps for these programs.  If you need assistance with this process, please contact your Assessment Fellow. 
  • This year, we will also focus on using more indirect measures and multiple measures of student learning to support the reliability and validity of our assessments. Please consult with your Assessment Fellow and your Departmental Assessment Representative to the ASAC for guidance on how to use indirect measures, such as surveys and focus groups.

**For use in assessment: Continuing to be available for faculty development of assessment surveys – Survey Monkey Gold Level Shared Account! (For access, please contact the Office for Academic Assessment and Program Review.)