The Outcomes Assessment Committee meets to discuss, design, and reflect on the learning assessment process at the Graduate Center. InNovember 2010, the Committee approved the Graduate Center’s institutional-level learning goals and asked programs to write/revise program learning goals as well as learning goals for the First and Second Exam, dissertation/capstone, professional development and ethics. The goal of this exercise was to develop learning goals for the institution and its programs that were appropriately integrated with one another.
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Starting in Fall 2011, the Outcomes Assessment Committee instituted a 5-year assessment cycle appropriate for a heavily program-driven doctoral institution. In Fall 2011, a pilot assessment review took place with a subset of doctoral programs, and, in Spring 2012, the remaining doctoral programs began their first annual assessment review. The pilot assessment review allowed us to develop a template for annual assessment at the Graduate Center based on detailed feedback from the participating programs.
Each year of the 5-year assessment cycle, a program either participates in an external review process, or focuses on one or twoassessment components of assessment (the First Exam, the Second Exam, the dissertation/capstone, professional development training and ethics training) and, using the template developed during the pilot, conducts a comprehensive review of that component, performance on it and the curriculum/preparation leading up to it. The results of these assessment reviews are annual reports to the Provost on the effectiveness of the assessment component(s) in question. Those reports allow the Provost to evaluate student learning assessment on an institutional level in accordance with the institution-level learning and strategic goals.
In Fall 2013, the Graduate Center appointed a faculty advisor on assessment, Associate Professor of English Nico Israel, to provide support and guidance to programs as they conduct their assessment reviews.
The Members of the Outcomes Assessment Committee
Professor John Greenwood (chair), Ph.D. Program in Philosophy
Marie Burrage, Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness
Associate Professor Nico Israel (faculty adviser on assessment), Ph.D program in English
Professor Laurel Eckhardt, Executive Officer, Ph.D. Program in Biology
Robert Hatcher, Director of the Wellness Center
Professor Maureen O'Connor, Ph.D. Program in Psychology
Professor David Olan, Associate Provost and Dean for Humanities and Social Sciences
Professor Joe Rollins, Executive Officer, Ph.D. Program in Political Science
Professor Barbara Weinstein, Executive Officer, Ph.D. Program in Audiology
Kara Eubanks, Student Assessment Coordinator and D.M.A. student
Kristin Moriah, Ph.D student in English
Please email any questions regarding assessment to Kara Eubanks at firstname.lastname@example.org.