“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” ― Benjamin Franklin
What is Assessment and Why is it Important?
Assessment is a process for gathering qualitative and/or quantitative data to gauge progress on our goals and cultivate a culture of collaboration, innovation, and transparency. Assessment provides faculty, staff and administrative leaders with information about where changes to processes and practices might be needed, and where to invest effort and resources to improve important higher education outcomes such as student learning, program completion, career-readiness, student and staff satisfaction, faculty scholarship, effective resource management and others. See our Guiding Principles for Assessment to learn more about how we strive to improve student learning, the student experience, and overall institutional quality to achieve the Queens College Mission.
Who Conducts Assessment at Queens College?
- Faculty define and conduct assessment of student learning.
- Staff define and conduct assessment of administrative and support services.
- Chairs and assessment liaisons conduct assessment of program goals.
- Advisory committees, comprised of faculty and staff, conduct institution-level assessment and assess the college’s various assessment processes, providing feedback to the campus community intended to improve the quality of assessment.
Who Supports Assessment at Queens College?
- The President and Cabinet members support and advocate for a culture of evidence and assessment at Queens College.
- The Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE) provides data and other support for assessment projects.
- The Provost and Center for Teaching and Learning guide departments in Academic Program Review (APR).
- The College provides financial support for faculty development initiatives related to assessment.
About the Office of Institutional Effectiveness
The Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE) supports a culture of inquiry and innovation through meaningful and intuitive approaches to higher education assessment. Please visit our Support page to learn more about how we can support your assessment efforts.