Institutional Assessment

Assessment of Student Learning : Strategic and Unit Planning : Unit and Program Review :  Accreditation : Institutional Effectiveness

Office of Assessment and Accreditation Mission:

The Office of Assessment and Accreditation seeks to ensure that CSN accomplishes mission fulfillment by documenting achievement of (a) strategic plan indicators, (b) institutional effectiveness indicators, (c) student learning and achievement indicators, and (d) evidence-based actions for improvement.

The director facilitates this mission by:

  • Leading, supporting, and coordinating planning, assessment and evaluation, and improvement efforts at the campus, unit, and program levels
  • Documenting evidence of performance targets, metrics, and benchmarks
  • Reporting to internal and external stakeholders on student learning outcomes achievement, goal performance indicators, and program effectiveness at the campus, unit, and program levels.

The office has implemented a six step change model of assessment and improvement across all institution programs, units, and services.  The overarching focus across system units is a motto of Students First and Assurance of Student Learning.

Flow-Graphic of Assurance of Student Learning

All CSN campuses, units, services, and programs contribute to institutional effectiveness by participating in a regular system of assessment planning and reporting of data collected through direct and indirect measures of student learning, performance activities, or service delivery.  CSN uses a regular assessment system to collect, analyze, and evaluate data for achievement of outcomes, unit goals, and activities.  Documented evidence is used for decision-making in planning and budget request processes.

CSN participates in an integrated strategic planning system where all unit goals align with the CSN strategic plan and Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) strategic goals.  Assessment evidence is used to inform decision-making, improvement actions, resource allocation, and determine mission fulfillment.  The assessment system is divided into four data collection units: Academic Affairs, Academic Support, Student Support, and Institutional Support.  All units report evidence supporting achievement of strategic plan and institutional effectiveness indicators leading to CSN mission fulfillment.  CSN units are expected to align their assessment processes with two core guiding structures in higher education: the four essential learning outcomes of the American Association of Colleges and Universities Liberal Arts for America's Promise (LEAP) Initiative, and six standards and learning outcome domains of the Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS) in Higher Education.

Questions about institutional assessment processes can be directed to:

Sharon "Shari" Peterson, PhD, RDH
Director- Office of Assessment & Accreditation
3200 E. Cheyenne Ave. C2626F
North Las Vegas, NV 89030
(702) 651-4263
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At CSN, assessment of student learning occurs at the course, program/major, and general education levels.

Academic Assessment

Faculty Links to Report Assessment of Student Learning

Assessment Plans/ Reports

Assessment Resources and Training

Academic Assessment Planning and Reporting TimelineCSN Student Learning Outcomes

Access Academic Assessment Plans and Reporting

 Report Course Student Learning Outcome Achievement  Training (coming soon)
 Report Program and General Education Learning Outcome Achievement (GoCSN Taskstream Link) CSN Glossary of Terms

CSN has implemented unit planning for all executive, institutional support, student support, academic support, and academic units (Schools and Departments).  Unit planning components consist of a unit mission, goals, strategies, effectiveness measures, and action items.  Unit planning is updated annually and modified as necessary based on assessment evidence from the previous academic year.  Annually the CSN president in conjunction with the Office of Assessment and Accreditation conducts an evaluation of unit plans using "show-n-tell" (SNT) presentations from each unit plan manager.  The synergistic experience allows collaboration within and across units to communicate priorities and partnership opportunities.

All unit plans are published for college-wide viewing in the folders below.

Integrated Strategic Planning

Strategic Planning

Unit Planning

Integrated Strategic Planning PolicyCSN Strategic Plan 2019 - 2024Plans and Reports
Strategic Planning Information Page Annual Indicators Report

Unit Review Calendar

Academic Program Review Calendar

  Unit Reviews Academic Program Reviews
2018-2019  School of Health Science

Associate of Arts

Associate of Science

Associate of General Science


School of Business, Hospitality, and Public Service

School of Education, Behavior, and Social Service

2021-2022 Academic Affairs

General Education

Institutional Learning Outcomes

2022- 2023 Student Affairs

School of Arts and Letters

School of Science and Mathematics


Institutional Support & Executive Units

General Education

Institutional Learning Outcomes

2024-2025 Academic Affairs

School of Advanced and Applied Technology

School of Health Science