Assessment Day

In January 2009 NYIT held its first “Assessment Day.”  Sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, programmed by members of the Assessment Committee, attended by all faculty, and used to showcase best practice and engage faculty in focused discussion, these events have become a method for integrating student learning outcomes assessment into the NYIT culture.

They are held twice a year: on the Wednesday before the first day of the fall and spring terms.  Generally, half the day has a common focus (often related to the shared undergraduate core curriculum) and the remainder devoted to assessment activities by faculty within academic programs.  The Office of Planning & Assessment coordinates preparation for the day including the development of goals and agendas by chairs and deans for each program.

  • January 15, 2009:  Presentations of NSSE results to schools, with follow-up planning sessions for improvement.

  • September, 2009: Faculty from all programs worked together on aspects of their annual assessment activities and plans. 

  • January 20, 2010: Neil Howe (Millennials Go to College) presentation: "Who Are Our Students and How Do They Learn?" followed by discussions of the implications of Howe's research as it pertains to their own teaching effectiveness.

  • September 2, 2010:  Presentation on learning outcomes of the new core curriculum followed by work within programs to begin integrating the seven core competencies into the majors.

  • January 19, 2011: Presentation of the results of a baseline assessment of undergraduate writing by English faculty across all majors and all locations.  Discussion and follow-up centered on tools available to help students improve their writing skills.

  • August 31, 2011. Faculty from all programs worked together on aspects of their annual assessment activities and plans. 

  • January 18, 2012. Leadership Session for committee members and academic deans, associate deans, chairs and assessment coordinators to build relationships across school lines and develop administrative and assessment skills in the group by sharing examples of best practice. 

  • August 29, 2012. Results from the Collegiate Learning Assessment were presented and a panel of faculty members – from all of NYIT’s schools, who teach at all levels and on both New York campuses – led a discussion of ways to conceptualize and evaluate critical thinking both in a generic sense and in the disciplines, as well how to encourage more of it in our students. 

  • January 16, 2013. Assessment Leadership session theme was improving processes for assessing student learning in academic programs using the MSCHE “Rubric for Evaluating Institutional Student Learning Assessment Processes” as a guide. Items in the rubric were discussed one by one, with instances of good practice at NYIT described as exemplars.

  • August 28, 2013: The theme was how students’ global competencies can be assessed in the majors. In the afternoon session, Faculty across disciplines and staff members from student services gathered together to share practices and strategies they are using in fostering the development of students’ global competencies in three Cs: curriculum, co-curriculum, and community.

  • August 27, 2014: There were two major themes for this assessment day. One was to report the results of global competencies assessment from academic departments, and from the NSSE (National Survey of Student Engagement) global perspectives survey, and the other was to allow faculty to discuss the challenges and opportunities of using NYIT's diverse (and increasingly international) student body as a resource for fostering students' global competencies, especially, students' ability to work with people who have different cultural and (or) linguistic backgrounds. Over 160 faculty members participated in the morning assembly.