Our Mission & Impact

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Our mission

The Office of Curriculum, Assessment & Teaching Transformation (CATT) seeks to provide the Division of Academic Affairs with expertise and management over a broad range of instructional opportunities and challenges.

In addition to our own expertise in curriculum and instruction, learning spaces and environments, and assessment and reporting, CATT pursues the broader objective of serving as a comprehensive conduit between faculty and other key offices and administrators on campus in our collective efforts to promote the end-goal of student excellence and success.

Who we are

Our office serves as a comprehensive conduit between faculty and university instructional support in our collective efforts to promote the end-goal of student excellence and success.

The University at Buffalo is a flagship campus of the State University of New York (SUNY). As a member institution of the AAU (Association of American Universities) our office strives to uphold the collective ideals and meet the objectives of the top research universities in North America.

2019–20 CEI annual impact report

The 2019–20 academic year was a busy and exciting time for the Center for Educational Innovation as we had the distinct pleasure of partnering and serving faculty from every academic unit across UB.

Like all other areas of the university, CEI was greatly impacted by the global emergency of spring 2020. As such, this impact report highlights the central work of our team throughout the 2019–20 academic year, culminating in the center’s emergency efforts to help transition UB’s faculty to online instruction.

National recognition

Blackboard Catalyst Award 2020 winner.

Blackboard Catalyst Award: 2020

Prior to CEI's merger with the Office of Educational Effectiveness, the Center was awarded a 2020 Blackboard Catalyst Award. This award signified that the Center was among a premiere group of teaching and learning centers that are making a difference at their institutions and in the higher education community more broadly.

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