Everyone at the University can contribute to the achievement of UB’s goal of academic excellence through continuing assessment efforts, a continuing focus on improvement, and a commitment to a pervasive culture of assessment. We strive toward excellence in all that we do – educating our students, uncovering new knowledge, and outreach to the community. Systematic assessment assures that we continue on a course toward excellence in each of these areas.
To that end, all academic programs and administrative units are required to prepare brief, annual assessment reports to be submitted after the end of spring semester each year. Although the content of these reports will vary according to the mission of the unit, there are several key components that must be included:
· Unit or Program Mission;
· Program Learning Outcomes;
· Assessment Methods and Key Metrics;
· Brief Highlight of Key Assessment Results; and
· Description of Implications of Results for Unit or Program (e.g., identification of necessary changes or maintain status quo, indication of effectiveness of previous changes).
In addition, the University at Buffalo takes seriously the accreditation requirements of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). These annual assessment reports will serve as appropriate documentation for Middle States Reviewers that we are engaging in assessment activities in compliance with Middle States Standards.
In preparation for our Fall 2013 decennial self-study, the first assessment report is due by June 30, 2013.
Annual assessment plans will be evaluated using a rubric, and feedback will be shared with the academic program or academic support unit. The rubrics to be used are available below: