Institutional Assessment & Improvement

Office of Assessment Mission:

The Office of Assessment seeks to ensure that CSN accomplishes its mission, vision, and strategic plan core themes, foster assurance of student learning and success, and support evidence-based actions for improvement by: 

  • leading, supporting, and coordinating planning, assessment and evaluation, and improvement efforts at the campus, unit, and program levels; and
  • reporting to internal and external stakeholders on student learning outcomes achievement, goal performance indicators, and program effectiveness at the campus, unit, and program levels

To accomplish this mission, the office has implemented a six step cycle of assessment and improvement across the institution for all programs, units, and services  

 Flow-Graphic of Assurance of Student Learning

Institutional Assessment and Improvement Goal: Facilitate the highest quality of assessment practices across CSN to assure success in student learning, achievement of core theme indicators, and mission fulfillment.  

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, program goals, core themes, and activities.  Documented evidence is used for decision-making in planning and budget request processes.  The assessment system is divided into four data collection units: Academic Affairs Units, Academic Support Units, Student Affairs Units, and Administrative Services Units.  Each unit provides evidence supporting achievement of core theme objectives and CSN Mission fulfillment.  CSN units are encouraged to align their assessment processes with two core guiding structures for outcome development 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 planning and reporting can be directed to:

Sharon "Shari" Peterson, RDH, M.Ed.
Director- Office of Assessment
3200 E. Cheyenne Ave. 2626F
North Las Vegas, NV 89030
(702) 651-4263
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