Roles of Key Participants
The College Provost provides the leadership necessary to sustain the culture that values and promotes student learning assessment within the context of the institutional mission and the Strategic Plan of the College. Other responsibilities of the Provost related to assessment are to:
- communicate with SUNY System Administration regarding its assessment expectations;
- make decisions with respect to the College’s application and maintenance of all program accreditations, including the assessment of student learning as required by the the Middle States Commission on Higher Education;
- determine the level of resources that must be committed to the campus’ assessment efforts; and
- sponsor activities that involve faculty, staff, and students in ongoing efforts to enhance teaching and learning.
The Provost also provides a clear charge to the Academic Program Assessment Committee (APAC) with the goal of communicating expectations for assessment.
The Deans of the College’s academic divisions involve faculty and other appropriate groups in understanding the value of outcomes assessment. Additionally, they facilitate faculty efforts to:
- identify the learning goals that are most important to their students;
- assess outcomes; and
- analyze and use the results.
The Deans initiate public recognition of faculty members’ ongoing efforts and accomplishments regarding the assessment of student learning as one means of demonstrating the College’s commitment to a culture that values the enhancement of student learning.
Associate Provost for Academic Programs
Department Chairs/Program Directors
Department Chairs/Program Directors provide leadership and organization for the assessment of student learning and academic programs for which they are responsible. This leadership includes:
- accessing appropriate informational sources and identifying resources to provide appropriate training and assistance for faculty involved in assessing student learning and academic programs;
- leading efforts to organize and assure completion at specified intervals the assessment of student learning as well as the assessment of academic programs;
- leading efforts to organize and assure completion at specified intervals the assessment of academic programs housed in the department; and
- guiding faculty’s use of assessment results to improve teaching and learning as well as the quality and effectiveness of academic programs.
Faculty members traditionally have had the primary responsibility for facilitating student learning. Their role in the assessment process is prominen and a professional expectation. They determine what students should learn, both across the curriculum and within individual courses or programs, and how student should demonstrate this learning. Faculty members utilize various methods of gathering evidence of student learning and collaborate with other faculty members in evaluating student learning in their majors and academic programs. They analyze and use this information to create a true partnership of for learning with their students and to improve student learning, pedagogy, and curricular programs.