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Assessment of Student Learning

Assessment is a systematic on-going process by which the institution, its administration, faculty and staff collaborate to improve outcomes for every area of the College. Student Learning Outcomes are targeted and assessed as a primary focus in determining the level of success achieved by the college. Faculty gather data that reveals the efficacy of teaching methods and techniques through direct and indirect assessment measures that are documented, disseminated to constituencies and evaluated for the purpose of improving teaching, such that it results in greater achievement of student learning outcomes.

Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes, Mission and Core Values

Academic Affairs and the Office of Institutional Research will collaborate with the teaching faculty to provide meaningful, on-going assessment of student learning at the course, program and institutional level. Herkimer College views academic assessment as a faculty-driven process with the goal of continuously improving teaching and learning. All assessment activities will support Herkimer College's mission and core values.

Academic Assessment Committee Goals

  • Strengthen the faculty's knowledge and understanding of assessment and data utilization to promote collegial collaboration in continuously improving student learning outcomes and course objectives.
  • Define and operationalize student learning outcomes in an observable manner in courses and programs in accordance with the Herkimer College Mission Statement.
  • Collect, collate, analyze, present and use data to improve pedagogy and the development and refinement of reliable and valid rubrics.
  • Establish and maintain a system of accountability in which data is shared with stakeholders.
  • Recognize and reward innovative assessment techniques.

Expectations for Fostering a Culture of Assessment

The Academic Assessment Committee will propose simple and reasonable assessment practices such that they may be carried out by faculty, staff and administrators on an on-going basis.

The faculty, staff and administration will use the information compiled regarding student learning outcomes to better themselves and the quality of an education at Herkimer College.

The SLO (Student Learning Outcomes) assessment results will not be used as evaluation measures for faculty promotion and tenure, but will be used by faculty for self-improvement and enhancing course content, thus creating an ever improving learning environment.

Assessment results, though available to campus officials for purposes of reporting to MSCHE and for institutional effectiveness, will be maintained by individual faculty and the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs.

General Education Assessment will continue to be maintained in accordance with SUNY requirements.

Assessment achievements in practices and creativity will be celebrated and rewarded.

Academic Assessment Committee Members 

  • Mary Ann Carroll, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs for Assessment & Institutional Effectiveness (Co-Chair)
  • Cara Boepple, Technical Assistant, Internet Academy
  • Jeremy Cingranelli, Technical Assistant, Community Education
  • Justin Como, Assistant Professor of Studio Art (Co-Chair)
  • Rocco Cornaccia, Instructor of Mathematics
  • Jason Davis, Assistant Professor of Music
  • Robert Gassmann, Associate Professor of Communication Arts 
  • Dr. Nicole McDaniels, Associate Professor of Biology
  • Marjorie Moore, Director of Academic Support Center
  • George Smith, Professor of Chemistry
  • Rebeccah Socolof, Research Assistant
  • William Stack, Assistant Professor of Forensic Investigations
  • Lindsey Taube, Assistant Professor of Mathematics
  • Dan Thompsune, Assistant Professor of English/Philosophy
  • Annette Yauney, Associate Professor of Information Systems

Learning Outcomes Assessment

Contact: Mary Ann Carroll, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness carrollma@herkimer.edu