SUNY Oneonta Assessment of Student Learning

Objectives

These Guidelines and Procedures for the Review of Academic Programs are an important part of the College’s efforts to meet reguirements of SUNY System Administration (see http://www.suny.edu/provost/Assessmentinit.cfm?navLevel=5 and http://www.suny.edu/facultySenate/files/Program_Review.pdf ) and of the Middle States Association (MSA) for programmatic assessment, including the assessment of student learning (see http://www.msche.org/publications/CHX06_Aug08REVMarch09.pdf).

The Guidelines are intended to:

  • Support faculty in the ongoing work of the review of their academic programs including the evaluation of student learning; and
  • Help faculty prepare for and complete the College’s required review of their academic programs.

These Guidelines are procedures for the review and reporting of academic programs and are not intended to impinge on the flexibility that faculty require in order to accomplish meaningful and effective program review.

Overview

The review of an academic program involves the completion of a self-study which evaluates:

  • The program’s faculty-prepared mission statement, goals, and student learning outcomes;
  • The program’s  procedures and plans for meeting their goals and student learning outcomes;
  • The program’s processes for determining if the mission, goals, and student learning outcomes are being met; and
  • The program’s response to the findings identified through the self-study process. 

Program review should always begin with the faculty’s consideration of the program’s mission and goals. Program goals reflect the broad and enduring plans that faculty have with regard to advancing the mission of the College, providing the curricula that facilitate the achievement of student learning goals, and meeting other important goals in areas such as  effectiveness in teaching, scholarly accomplishments, service, and continuing growth which substantially impact the overall academic program.

The review of an academic program also includes measuring student learning.  The analysis of student learning is a continuous process intended to enhance teaching and learning. It is not itself a goal or end point. Rather, the purpose of reviewing student learning is to determine the degree to which students acquired the knowledge, skills, and competencies that are consistent with the program’s goals and the College’s mission and that, by the time of graduation, students have achieved these goals1. Thus, the analysis of an academic program includes information from previous reviews and the results from ongoing evaluations of student learning.
To address these objectives, these Guidelines include sections that identify:

  • What has and has not changed with regard to program review;
  • What SUNY and MSA expect; and 
  • What is expected of faculty

To assist faculty in accomplishing program review, the Guidelines also include:

  • Basic “ground rules” for programmatic assessment at Oneonta;
  • A timeline for completing and reporting the results of a program review; and
  • An organizational format for the Self-Study Report. (This format is also available as a downloadable document on the College’s academic assessment website.)

Faculty working on the review of academic programs may refer to the contents of these Guidelines in any sequence.

1 Middle State Commission on Higher Education: Student Learning Assessment – Options and Resources, 2003.

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