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Complying with NYU Requirements

Expectations for all NYU Programs

  • Active degree- and certificate-granting programs across all majors and degree levels are expected to conduct ongoing cycles of program-level assessment of student learning outcomes, and to annually submit update reports to their designated Assessment Council Liaison(s).  

What is Required?

An annual assessment report that answers the research question: Have students learned what they should upon completion of the program? Regardless of format, include the following components:

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  • Student Learning Outcomes: Include 3-5 program-level student learning outcomes. Assess at least 1 learning outcome each year.




  • Methods & Measures: For each outcome being assessed, identify the research design by which student learning will be measured (e.g., benchmarks/standards to be used for comparison). Include at least 1 direct measure of student learning.



  • Collect & Use Results: Include assessment results collected and analyzed by program faculty and administrators, and how results were/will be used to improve the program (e.g., changes to curriculum or policies, faculty development). Supporting documentation is encouraged (e.g., summary of data, minutes from faculty assessment meetings).


Timeline: Annual Reporting Cycle

Fall Term

Assessment Council liaisons meet with Office of Academic Assessment (OAA) staff to:

  • Review results from OAA analysis of assessment reports submitted in prior cycle.
  • Confirm status of active programs, new programs, and programs that share assessment plans.
  • Discuss program and school-specific needs to further grow assessment practices and use of assessment results.
  • Outline goals and an action plan for the current academic year.


Program faculty responsible for assessment meet to determine:

  • Which student learning outcome(s) will we assess this year?
  • How will we assess the outcome(s)? What methods, measures, sampling strategies, etc. will we employ?
  • What is our internal timeline to collect data, review results, discuss how results will be used, and complete the annual required assessment report?

Spring Term

Program faculty responsible for assessment:

  • Collect and analyze assessment data.
  • Determine how results will be used to improve student learning in the program.
  • Prepare and submit annual assessment report to Assessment Council liaison.

Assessment Council liaisons:

  • Submit all program-level assessment reports within the school/unit to the NYU assessment digital archive.

April 30 (Submission Deadline)

Assessment Council liaisons:

  • If necessary, negotiate alternative deadlines for programs requiring an amended schedule with the OAA (e.g., to align deadline with professional accreditation cycles, or to accommodate program-defined assessment strategies that require additional time).


The Office of Academic Assessment (OAA):

  • Content-code assessment reports submitted at the close of the year, adding new data to the master NYU assessment database.
  • Generate school-specific reports with analyses of program-level data to be reviewed with Assessment Council liaisons in the fall term.
  • Craft summary report of the state of academic assessment at NYU to be submitted to senior leadership.


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New Programs

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 Advisory Committee or Graduate Program Committee. To comply with NYU assessment policies, new program assessment plans should include the following:

  1. An articulation of approximately 3-5 student learning outcomes (what students are expected to know and be able to do upon completion of the program).
  2. Specification of how the outcomes will be evaluated (using both direct and indirect evidence). 

Many programs also find it useful to include in their assessment plans a curriculum map, an overall program description, and a program mission statement. For a detailed description of new doctoral level and below doctoral level program review policies, please visit the Program Approval Process site. For optional templates to facilitate documentation of an assessment plan, please visit the assessment guidelines page. To schedule a consultation for assistance with creating your assessment plan, please contact the Office of Academic Assessment.

Special Programs

Submit an annual assessment report.

Complete 1 of the following:

  • Submit an annual assessment report using a new, distinct set of student learning outcomes that apply across the program; or
  • Submit an annual assessment report for each program comprising the dual/joint degree program.

Complete 1 of the following:

  • Submit accreditation reports with an overview document detailing, (1) how NYU assessment requirements are met through external accreditation, and (2) where in the accreditation document required assessment components can be found (e.g. student learning outcomes, measures, results); or
  • Extract data relevant to NYU assessment requirements and enter them into a new report.

Submit a single annual assessment report if there is a compelling rationale to do so. If not, submit separate assessment reports for each program.

Complete 1 of the following:

  • Submit an annual assessment report for each program if the admission process for the master's program  is distinct from the doctoral program; or
  • Submit one annual assessment report for the programs if students earn the master's degree on the way to earning the doctoral degree.

Submit an assessment plan that outlines student learning outcomes and measures to be used when/if students enroll and complete the program.

Programs no longer accepting students are not required to conduct student learning assessment.

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