What is Academic Assessment?
"Assessment is the systematic collection, review, and use of information about educational programs undertaken for the purpose of improving student learning and development." (Palomba & Banta, 1999)
At York College, the primary purpose of Academic Assessment is to continuously improve student learning by improving programs. The aim is to not only collect and examine evidence of student learning but to also use the results to make informed decisions regarding curriculum, pedagogy, resources and the assessment process itself.
Academic Assessment at York is faculty driven and is done in coordination with faculty, department assessment liaisons, program coordinators, the academic assessment committee and the assessment team within the Office of Institutional Effectiveness. The goal is to work toward creating sustainable and effective methods to assess student learning and use the results to improve programs.
Sources: Banta, Trudy W., and Catherine A. Palomba. Assessment Essentials, John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, 2014. ProQuest Ebook Central, https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/yorkcol-ebooks/detail.action?docID=1782543.
News and Views
AALHE Intersection Winter/Spring 2018 (focus on specialized accreditation programs)
York College presentation at Drexel University Fourth Annual Assessment Conference September 13-15, 2017
Four Reasons Assessment Doesn't Work and What We Can Do About It July 24, 2017 Faculty Focus
Emerging Dialogues in Assessment July 12, 2017 AALHE
NILOA Perspectives, Moving Toward a Philosophy of Assessment May/June 2017 Assessment Update