Assessment Resources

Macaulay Honors College engages in on-going assessment of academic and AES (administrative, educational, and student support) units as a critical part of our overall institutional effectiveness strategy. We are committed to continuous improvement and strive to meet our student learning goals.

The assessment process at the unit and course level includes identifying goals, articulating and measuring outcomes, summarizing results, and using results for improvement.

Assessment activities are coordinated by the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and is supported by the work of the Macaulay Assessment Committee.

AES Assessment

Development and implementation of an AES assessment plan includes: defining the unit’s mission and goals (in the context of the CUNY and Macaulay strategic plans); mapping activities and initiatives to the mission, goals, and strategic plan(s); conducting assessment; and using assessment results to inform next steps.

Overview of AES Assessment

  1. DEFINE MISSION, GOALS, AND OUTCOMES
  2. DETERMINE RELEVANT ACTIVITIES /INITIATIVES
  3. ALIGNMENT OF GOALS
    • Align unit goals and outcomes with the Macaulay mission, unit mission, Macaulay Strategic Plan, CUNY mission
    • Align unit activities/initiatives with unit goals and outcomes
  4. DEVELOP ASSESSMENT PLAN
    • Define assessment methods and targets
    • Determine assessment timeline/cycle
    • Identify staff who will collect data and analyze results
    • Define how and when results will be discussed and a plan of action created
  5. CONDUCT ASSESSMENTS AND USE RESULTS
    • Collect data/evidence
    • Analyze the results
    • Determine how assessment results will be used for improvement
  6. Summary
    • Goals/outcomes assessed during the academic year
    • Assessment activities that occurred during the academic year
    • Analysis and findings
    • Follow-up actions
    • Noteworthy accomplishments

Chelsea Alterman, Assistant Director of Student Development
Lisa Brundage, Director of Teaching, Learning and Technology
Danielle JacksonInstitutional Research and Assessment Specialist
Kelly O’Donnell, Director of Science Forward
Diane Phillips, Director of Institutional Effectiveness (co-chair)
Elizabeth Reiss, Professor
Ben Ross, Honors Advisor Liaison (co-chair)
Indira Seenauth-Fraser, Director of Budget and Finance
Stephanie Straffi, Director of Individual Giving and Parent Liaison

Macaulay Honors College Assessment Committee Charge:
The Macaulay Assessment Committee reviews, recommends, and consults on assessments of the college’s academic and non-academic units in accordance with the college’s  mission, vision, and goals.

Specifically, the Committee:

  • Provides support for development, implementation of unit assessments.
  • Review and recommend policies for reporting of assessment data.
  • Promotes a culture of student-centered learning and learning assessment throughout the college.
  • Consult with the Office of Institutional Effectiveness to facilitate college-wide discussion regarding AES Assessment.

Membership:

Chair (Director of Institutional Effectiveness), Co-Chair
Members: At least one faculty member and a diverse group of members from units within the college

Meetings: Preferably once per month during the academic year (e.g. the first Tuesday of the month)