In 2002, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), NYU's accreditation-granting agency, introduced new accreditation standards focused explicitly on assessment.1 The new standards require institutions to provide, on an ongoing basis, both direct and indirect evidence of student learning at the course, program, and institution levels, as well as to show proof that programs and policies are directly informed by assessment results.2
To comply with federal and state accreditation regulations, each school must annually assess all active degree and certificate granting programs. Each major at each degree level must be assessed.
1. For each program, faculty must develop and administer an assessment plan. Faculty may use one of the suggested templates crafted by the Office of Academic Assessment, or develop their own. The assessment plan must include the following components:
2. At the end of each academic year, programs must submit completed assessment reports to their Assessment Council liaisons, who will submit all files to the Office of Academic Assessment. Reports may be completed using the same templates suggested for recording assessment plans, or programs may elect to devise their own. Content matters over form. Ideally, programs should submit supporting documentation with their assessment reports (i.e., summary of data, results, use of results).
3. Each summer, the OAA will content-code each submitted report, adding the data to the master NYU program-level database. The OAA will aggregate results and progress in an annual summary report submitted to the Provost. In the Fall, OAA staff will meet with each Assessment Council liaison to discuss the status of the reports submitted in the prior year, and to outline goals to continue to grow assessment practices across each program.
|Fall Term|| |
Assessment Council liaisons meet wtih OAA staff to:
Program faculty responsible for assessment meet to determine:
|Spring Term||Program faculty responsible for assessment: |
|April 30th||Deadline for programs to submit annual assessment report.|
Programs may use these suggested templates, or create their own, to annually submit their student learning outcomes assessment plans and reports.
New program proposals are required to include a student learning outcomes assessment plan, to be submitted to the Office of Academic Assessment at the same time formal proposals are submitted to the Undergraduate Curriculum or Graduate Curriculum Advisory Committee. At a minimum, new program assessment plans should include 3-5 student learning goals and associated outcomes. If possible, new program assessment plans should also articulate how outcomes will be measured and a plan for action as the first cohort of students enter and complete the program. For a detailed description of new doctoral level and below doctoral level program review policies, please visit the Program Approval Process site.