The primary purpose of assessment is to improve student learning and institutional effectiveness. Institutional data and assessment findings are also used for external reporting and accountability to various stakeholders. Assessment of Institutional Effectiveness is the overarching plan for and process of using information for planning, decision-making and improvement in all areas of the college. Institutional effectiveness involves aligning the goals of individual units with the college mission and strategic plan.
The overlapping categories of assessment at Daemen include:
- Academic Department Assessment
Assessment of Academic Departments includes investigations of student learning in both academic and co-curricular programs. An ongoing, 5-step assessment process includes the following steps:
- Articulate Learning Objectives,
- Collect Information,
- Review Findings,
- Report Results, and
- Use the information for Improvement.
- Academic Five Year Program Review
Academic Departments also participate in an Academic Program Review process through the Education Policy Committee on a five-year cycle.
- Administrative Unit Assessment
Assessment of Administrative Units includes assessment of progress on unit goals and the effectiveness of programs and services.
- Core Curriculum Assessment
Assessment of the Core Curriculum, under the leadership of the Core Director and the Core Assessment Committee, involves ongoing inquiry about student achievement of the seven Core Competencies and other Core requirements. The Core competencies include: Critical thinking, Communication, Information Literacy, Civic Responsibility, Contextual Integration, Affective Awareness and Moral & Ethical Discernment. Core assessment also addresses the other outcomes of Core offerings including learning communities, service learning, quantitative literacy, writing intensive, and research & presentation courses.