On November 15, 2013, the Assessment Network of New York (ANNY) held a regional assessment event hosted by Adirondack Community College. ANNY is a professional network established to assist New York State’s colleges and universities in their efforts to assess student learning and institutional effectiveness. Colleges and universities outside of New York State can participate and have participated in ANNY events. Lehman College’s Assessment Coordinator, Raymond Galinski, has played an instrumental role in the creation of ANNY and development of ANNY’s events since its founding.
The November 15 conference focused on assessing general education, linking student learning data to institutional assessment, assessing student development, assessing planning goals/using institution-wide measures, and assessing administrative units. Panel presentations covered assessment of student development, assessing the strategic plan, assessing administrative unites, using NSSE to assess the institution, and general education assessment.
A highlight of the conference was SUNY Plattsburgh’s new strategic plan assessment document that set forth specific elements of the institution’s mission; indices by which progress would be measured; linked campus goals, objectives, and indices; the SUNY Scorecard, and MSCHE standards. The document aimed to provide a big picture overview that maps the relationship among all those elements and variables.
For example, SUNY Plattsburgh’s overarching mission is student success. One specific element of that mission is that students are exposed to “a core knowledge that is expected of any educated citizen, living in a globally connected world.” Indices by which that element would be measured included Student Learning Outcomes Assessment, the FSSE/NSSE survey, study abroad, and standardized tests. One of the related campus goals was to promote teaching excellence. Objectives tied to that goal included promoting collaboration between career development and academic departments. That objective was linked to MSCHE Standards 4 (Leadership and Governance) and 8 (Student Admissions and Retention) and SUNY Scorecard element #5 (Number of students engage in internships and cooperative education). Indices by which that campus goal would be assessed included internship counts, Coop counts, and undergraduate research projects.