Niagara University’s Senate Outcomes Assessment Committee, in cooperation with Academic Affairs and Instructional Support, is establishing an annual Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Symposium to recognize best practices in student learning outcomes assessment from the previous academic year (2010-2011). This year’s symposium took place Feb. 17, 2012, in Bisgrove Hall.
At this symposium, four academic departments, co-curricular units, and/or general education assessment initiatives in the core courses were formally recognized for outstanding work. Representatives from each of the nominated areas were then asked to present a brief outline of their process and a summary of their findings, followed by a brief discussion and Q-and-A with symposium attendees.
Following the presentations, the chair of the Senate Outcomes Assessment Committee, in conjunction with Dr. Timothy Downs, honored Niagara University’s history department with the award for Student Learning Outcomes Assessment of the Year.
Criteria for the award included alignment of the assessment to the department, college, and/or general education student learning outcomes; the appropriateness of the instrument(s) selected; quality of the data collected; sustainability of the assessment; evidence of benchmarking and/or multiple year comparisons; and evidence that the data has been applied to improving curriculum, courses, and/or student learning.
“We are delighted to be recognized for our efforts to improve student learning outcomes, and appreciate this award,” stated Dr. Thomas Chambers, chair of NU’s history department. “The history department’s faculty work collaboratively to assist students in composing coherent essay supported by evidence. History 199 is a vital part of Niagara University’s general education curriculum and we are proud to help produce well-rounded graduates who can think and write effectively.”