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Outcomes Assessment

Revised June 2008

Queens University of Charlotte
Assessment of Institutional Effectiveness
Policies and Procedures

Queens University of Charlotte is a student-centered, comprehensive, private university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  With a foundation in the liberal arts and a commitment to excellence, the university serves the needs of its diverse coeducational student body with a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs and learning experiences through the College of Arts & Sciences, McColl School of Business, Wayland H. Cato, Jr. School of Education, School of Communication, Hayworth College for Adult Studies, and Andrew Blair College of Health which features the Presbyterian School of Nursing.  In all of its programs, Queens emphasizes active and collaborate learning, meaningful student-teacher relationships, a creative synthesis of the liberal arts with the world of work, and the value, indeed the necessity, of lifelong learning.

Assessment of Academic Programs

Assessment plans for each academic program must include three to five statements of expected results involving student learning outcomes.  Each statement of expected result should have one or two well defined methods of assessment that will be used, with clear criteria for success.   Assessment plans are due each year by September 30th.

Expected student learning outcomes are entirely the decision of the responsible department or committee as long as they are clear, measurable, and limited to no more than five per year. 

Academic reports must include the actual assessment results for each means of assessment, as well as the department's decisions on how they will use those results to improve the educational program. 

The use of assessment results is entirely the decision of the responsible department or committee as long as they are clearly based on the actual assessment data obtained and related to the original goals for student learning outcomes.

Academic assessment reports for the prior year are due by September 30th.

 

Assessment of Administrative Services

Assessment plans for administrative units are due June 1 for the coming year.  They must include three to five Expected Results to be assessed.  These expected results generally involve the level of services provided to faculty, staff, students, and other constituents of the university. 

Assessment plans should include a brief description of the initiatives to be undertaken in order to better reach the expected result.  

Each expected result should have one or two well defined means of assessment that will be used, along with a clear criteria for success for each assessment method.    

Assessment reports for administrative units are due June 1 for the prior year.  They must include the actual results of assessment - the data collected - for each means of assessment, as well as the administrative office's decision as to how they will use those results to better meet their objectives in the future.

All assessment plans and reports should be submitted to the Office of Academic Affairs.

 

[1] as defined by the vice presidents
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