CSN MISSION: The College of Southern Nevada empowers our students and communities to achieve, succeed, and prosper.
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
- strategic plan indicators,
- institutional effectiveness indicators,
- student learning and achievement indicators, and
- 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 seven-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.
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 Accreditation Liaison Officer and Director- Office of Institutional Assessment and Accreditation 6375 W. Charleston Blvd. WC E305Las Vegas, NV 89146(702) 651-7784Contact Us
At CSN, assessment of student learning occurs at the course, program/major, and general education levels.
|Assessment Timeline||General Education Assessment||Program & Course Level Assessment||Resources & Training|
|Academic Assessment Planning and Reporting Timeline||General Education and Institutional Learning Outcomes||Resources|
|6-Year Assessment Planning and Academic Program Review Cycle||General Education Plans and Reports||CSN Glossary of Terms|
Assessment Planning and Reporting
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 Plan Training
|Integrated Strategic Planning Policy||Plans and Reports||WATERMARK TRAINING-|
Unit Planning and Reporting
Year of Review
Academic Program Review
|Implemented Unit Planning |
|Informal Show-n-Tell Review-|
|Informal Show-n-Tell Review-|
Academic Support Units
School of Arts and Letters
Student Affairs Units
School of Science, Engineering, & Mathematics
Academic Affairs Units
(Deans & Department Chairs)
School of Advanced & Applied Technology
School of Health Sciences
Operational Support Units
School of Education, Behavioral, & Social Science
School of Business, Hospitality, & Public Services