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Binghamton University (State University of New York) Learning Outcomes

The process for outcomes assessment at Binghamton University includes both student learning outcomes and department/unit operational outcomes.The process includes monitoring and enhancing academic programs as well as academic and administrative support service structure that leads to the continuous quality improvement.  All academic programs including general education program, academic affairs support service units, and student affairs support service units are required to develop plan to measure student learning outcomes and/or operational outcomes and assess annually in their respective domains. Student Learning Outcomes refer to the measurable outcomes what students should know and are able to do as a result of their course work and/or educational experiences at an institution. Operational outcomes (also known as administrative outcomes) refer to measurable outcomes that are based on objectives within administrative units that enhance the areas of the institution in support of student programs and services.

During 2012-2013, Binghamton University enhanced the existing assessment plan and process by adopting an online assessment planning and implementation model that will ensure that at all levels of the college a uniform process is used for planning outcomes assessment activities and documentation of results.  

The assessment model involves six sequential and precise steps. Each step is connected to the next and ultimately contributes to the goal of successfully developing and implementing an effective assessment.  These steps are summarized below:-

Step 1: Define, formulate, articulate statements of outcomes aligned to institutional/ departmental mission/goals.

Step 2: Develop assessment strategies, determine assessment methods, and ascertain criteria for success (assessment methods).

Step 3: Collect data on student/service performance using assessment methods (qualitative/quantitative).

Step 4: Observe and analyze data to determine success (assessment results).

Step 5: Use results to improve instructional programs and administrative and educational support services including budget recommendations (action plans).

Step 6: Implement proposed action plans, follow up, and document evidence of improvement (close the loop).