Assessment in Major Programs

BSC provides quality undergraduate and graduate programs in the liberal arts, business, communication, education, health and human services, the sciences and technologies.† Every department engages in assessment activities to measure and benchmark quality as part of either accreditation review or the 5 year SUNY internal/external review process.

BSC actively monitors and supports student progress toward education and career goals and institutional success through student support programs, admissions, co-curricular activities, placement efforts and a supportive campus learning environment.† Other non-instructional areas including student development, enrollment and retention patterns, campus learning environment, career development center, student advisement, etc as they relate to student academic/career achievement are also actively engaged in assessment efforts.

Assessment in major programs is guided by each programís assessment plan.† Assessment plans/activities are submitted during fall semester to the academic Dean to ensure compliance. Please see Exhibit 1--the letter sent to all departments every fall outlining major program assessment plans including a template.†

The reports are sent to the Sr. Advisor for Assessment and the Assessment Advisory Board for a process audit.† The results of the process audit are reported back to the department, to the Dean and Provost.† Audits evaluate five areas that are approved, conditionally approved or not approved:

  1. Clear delineation of programs goals and objectives.

  2. Activities/courses in program that relate to and result in achievement of goals and objectives.

  3. Measures and criteria utilized in determining the degree to which students are achieving goals/objectives.

  4. Realistic timetable.

  5. Process/procedures for making changes if suggested by assessment results.

The AAB uses the rubric (Exhibit 2) for evaluating assessment plans.† It is anticipated that any area not approved will be improved during the next year.† There is virtually 100% compliance with either accrediting agencies or Buffalo State's five year review.