The Office of Assessment offers a variety of ways to assist faculty and staff in the assessment of General Education, academic courses and programs, and student-success programs. We are committed to making assessment an enlightening evidence-based process to help reveal how well students are performing in their learning and advancing toward their degrees. The Assessment Office is ready and available to present to departments, programs, units and individuals on matters ranging from composing mission statements and learning outcomes to program mapping and developing an assessment cycle.
OFFICE OF ASSESSMENT GOALS:
- Create a campus-wide culture of academic and student-success assessment.
- Develop systematic methods of assessment and reporting.
- Provide continual guidance and support in all areas of assessment.
The work of the Office of Assessment aligns to several of Bronx Community College’s 2015-2020 Strategic Goals.
Dr. Richard LaManna , Academic Affairs Director
Main Office: CO 510
Location: Colston Hall
Dr. Seher Atamturktur, Professor, Biological Sciences
Ms. L. Vicki Cedeño, Academic Program Specialist
The Assessment Council supports campus-wide Student Learning Outcomes assessment of academic programs, courses, and General Education by guiding departments in the development and management of the ongoing practice of assessment.
BCC’s Assessment Council comprises a faculty member from each of the College’s 14 academic departments, the Writing Across the Curriculum program coordinator, and a staff member from the library.
- Implement best practices for the assessment of General Education, academic programs, and courses based on Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs).
- Develop assessment tools, measures, and recommendations for improvement.
- Develop assessment practices that contribute to improvements of student learning and success.
- Encourage and foster collaboration across departments for interdisciplinary partnerships.
Appointed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Council is comprised of a FT faculty member from each Academic Department, Library, and Writing Across the Curriculum. Each faculty member serves as a designated “Assessment Coordinator,” charged with the following responsibilities:
- Must attend meetings of the Assessment Council and receive continuous software training.
- Engage in the alignment of the Council’s mission and objectives to the College’s Strategic Plan, Mission & Goals.
- Facilitate the processes of General Education, program, and course assessment within their departments and assist colleagues on assessment practices.
- Advocate faculty-driven assessment outcomes that are S.M.A.R.T.—Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic & Timely.
- Keep chairpersons and colleagues updated on campus-wide and departmental assessment matters.
- Prepare and submit assessment reports in consultation with stakeholders—department chair, colleagues, course coordinators.
- Share in the rotation of serving on the Council’s evaluation team, reviewing assessment reports, and providing feedback.
- Lead in the organization of BCC’s annual Assessment Day along with the Assessment Team and Office of Institutional Research.
Assessment Council faculty for the 2018-19 year:
- Anne Vuagniaux, Art and Music
- Shylaja Akkaraju, Biological Sciences
- Paul Jaijairam, Business and Information Systems
- John F. Molina, Chemistry and Chemical Technology
- Theresa Smalec, Communication Arts and Science
- Joseph Todaro, Education and Academic Literacy
- George Patchoros, Engineering, Physics and Technology
- Jillian Hess, English
- Mary Lou McNichol, Health, Physical Education and Recreation
- Elizabeth Hardman, History
- Evangelia Antonakos, Mathematics and Computer Science
- Alicia Bralove, Modern Languages
- Marcia Jones, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences
- Brandi Rima, Social Sciences
- Giulia Guarnieri, Modern Languages (WAC Representative)
THE BOILED-DOWN WORKING DEFINITION OF LOCAL ASSESSMENT
Assessment is the collecting and analyzing of direct and indirect evidence to improve student learning and the student experience at Bronx Community College.
The wheel depicts four critical stages of the assessment cycle while the arrows curve into a circle as the circle forms a continuous loop. This cyclical process is true for all outcomes assessments: General Education, course, program and student success programs… Assessment Wheel.
Direct, Indirect, Summative and Formative Assessment… Types of Assessment.
- Assessment should not be burdensome. We allow it to emerge as a natural process of teaching and our ongoing discovery of what works best for students.
- Assessment helps us base decisions about curriculum, pedagogy, advising, and student support upon the best possible data we can gather.
- Assessment is dynamic research. It is not intended to produce a theory of learning as it is to inform and produce local action.