The Office of Assessment values academics as the primary pursuit of the college, but recognizes the crucial roles played by a host of students, faculty, staff, and administrators working across the campus and out into communities to fulfill all aspects of the college’s mission to increase the vitality and diversity of the region. Many student activities, including NCAA II athletics, intramural sports, and student clubs, occur outside of the classroom but remain critical in the educational and personal development of our students. Furthermore, CSC relies on a complex network of associated operations – from student affairs, student services, and financial aid, to grounds, facilities, and maintenance – that contribute to the success of our students, as well as helping to fulfill the college’s larger mission to the state, the region, and the world.
The Office of Assessment is responsible for coordinating the campus-wide and unit-level assessment of academic programs, co-curricular programs, and operational units, with an emphasis on outcomes. Academic programs measure student learning outcomes directly tied to courses and degree programs, while co-curricular programs may measure outcomes linked to larger institutional learning goals and outcomes, in addition to specific degree programs. Conversely, operational units are included in campus-wide assessment but have fewer direct ties to learning outcomes, and focus their analysis on improving daily activities in support of student learning. The ongoing effort of this office lies in developing meaningful measures for all of our activities, within the classroom and beyond, while efficiently recording that evidence to minimize the cost of assessment and accreditation, at the same time including sufficient supporting information for detailed analysis in order to systematically evaluate and improve CSC while strategically planning for the future.