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Institutional Assessment

Office of Institutional Assessment and Accreditation Mission

The Office of Institutional Assessment and Accreditation seeks to ensure that CSN accomplishes mission fulfillment by documenting achievement of

  1. strategic plan indicators,
  2. institutional effectiveness indicators,
  3. student learning and achievement indicators, and
  4. 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 model to guide 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.

Related Links:

Accreditation

Institutional Research

Strategic Planning


Questions about institutional assessment processes can be directed to:

Sharon "Shari" Peterson, PhD, RDH
Accreditation Liaison Officer and  Director- Office of Institutional Assessment and Accreditation
3200 E. Cheyenne Ave. C2626F
North Las Vegas, NV 89030
(702) 651-4263
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Institutional Assessment

ASSESSMENT OF STUDENT LEARNING
COLLEGE UNIT PLANNING

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
Unit Planning
Unit Plan Training
Integrated Strategic Planning PolicyPlans and ReportsWATERMARK TRAINING-
Unit Planning and Reporting
UNIT AND ACADEMIC PROGRAM REVIEWS
Year of Review
Unit Review
Academic Program Review

2018-2019

 

School of Health Science

2019-2020

Implemented Unit Planning
Initiative

Associate of Arts

Associate of Science

Associate of General Science

2020-2021

Informal  Show-n-Tell Review-
All units

School of Business, Hospitality, and Public Service

School of Education, Behavior, and Social Service

2021-2022

Informal  Show-n-Tell Review-
All units

Department of Business

2022-2023

Academic Support Units

School of Arts and Letters

2023-2024

Student Affairs Units

School of Science, Engineering, & Mathematics

2024-2025

Academic Affairs Units

(Deans & Department Chairs)

School of Advanced & Applied Technology

2025-2026

Executive Leadership

School of Health Sciences

2026-2027

Operational Support Units

School of Education, Behavioral, & Social Science

2027-2028

Campus Units

School of Business, Hospitality, & Public Services