Priority 2.6

Ensure student success by measuring student outcomes and using appropriate measures for continuous quality improvement.

Vice Provost Charged With Oversight of Assessment and Planning

The ongoing assessment of PSU's programs and offerings is essential to the continuing excellence of our programs and academic success of our students.

The ongoing assessment of PSU's programs and offerings is essential to the continuing excellence of our programs and academic success of our students.

A new position of vice provost was created in 2008 with assessment and planning among the major tasks. Daniel Moore is in his second year as vice provost and is currently working with academic departments on their five-year academic plans and creating an integrated planning, budgeting, assessment, and curricular review process.

OTC-NCATE Assessment Completed

The Office of Teacher Certification and the Council of Teacher Certification have recently completed their self-studies and site visit with the NH Department of Education. In the process of self-study, the OTC created a Plymouth State University Teacher Education and Professional Preparation Accreditation Web site which provides access to the Assessment System. The professional educator preparation program (PEPP) uses the Assessment System to evaluate the success of its certification programs in ensuring that candidates meet the New Hampshire educator certification standards. It uses multiple assessments and various methodologies, and has expectations that are clearly communicated to candidates. It yields fair, accurate, and consistent evaluation of candidates. The assessment system is regularly reviewed to ensure continuous improvement of programs.

Assessment and Accreditation

As part of its ongoing assessment and planning, PSU completed the fifth-year NEASC report.

Ongoing Assessment of General Education

One of the challenges of building a new general education program is in keeping it relevant and ensuring that over time, the courses continue to meet the spirit of the program ideals. When the new program was designed, the faculty found a way to build in an assessment process by requiring that all general education courses would have a “sunset” date by which the course must be brought back to the Gen-Ed Committee for re-approval. The first series of courses have begun to sunset and have been going through the assessment and re-approval process.

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