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CNM Assessment Process

The CNM academic assessment process involves annual reporting for all degree and certificate programs, general education areas, and specialized disciplines. This annual reporting follows a five-year assessment cycle plan designed by program faculty to address program-level learning outcomes. Program faculty are encouraged to work collaboratively in the planning, assessment, and interpretation of student learning outcomes and to draw upon multiple measures of student performance, including direct and indirect, internal and external, and quantitative and qualitative assessment approaches. To minimize the burden on and maximize relevance to individual instructors, programs are encouraged to include existing course-level measures in program-level assessment plans. The assessment cycle plan can be updated annually to accommodate changes and/or follow-up assessment needs.

Assessment Process

For newly approved areas/programs/disciplines (and for any areas/programs/disciplines for which an assessment cycle plan has not already been submitted to SAAC), the following must be completed by the dates indicated:

  • Enter student learning outcome statements (SLOs) into the curriculum management system by the first day of the following June.
  • Develop and submit by October 15 a 5-year assessment cycle plan (using the form provided by SAAC). At least one outcome should be assessed each year. All outcomes, where feasible, should be assessed within the 5-year cycle. SAAC requests/strongly recommends that each outcome be assessed for at least two consecutive years.

For existing areas/programs/disciplines, the assessment process is as follows: 

  • Assess, all outcomes, where feasible, over a 5-year period. At the end of the 5 years, develop a new 5-year assessment cycle plan (which is due by October 15 of the year in which the new plan will be implemented).
  • Submit assessment reports by October 15 of each year.
  • The reporting period runs from Summer (for which assessment is optional) through the following Spring.

Completed reports are to be e-mailed to one or both of the school's SAAC representatives and copied to the Senior Director of Outcomes and Assessment for posting to the SAAC web pages.

Assessment Record Retention

To ensure that documentation is available to support longitudinal comparisons in ongoing program assessment and to produce evidentiary archives for internal process evaluation and accreditation review, the following records should be submitted in electronic format to the Director of Student Learning Assessment by October 15 of the reporting year and also retained within the school (in electronic or paper format) for seven years following the October 15 due date:

  1. The initial cycle plan for each 5-year assessment cycle

The separate cycle plan form, completed at the beginning of the five-year cycle, is submitted during the first year only. Revisions to the cycle plan during the cycle are to be noted in the annual assessment report.

  1. Annual assessment report
  2. One copy of any written assessment instrument referenced in the annual assessment report

SAAC requests retention of the master copy only, not individual students’ records. According to CNM academic policy, students’ records are to be retained for a minimum of one semester following course completion; SAAC does not request any additional retention of students’ individual assessment documents.

If specific assessment questions were embedded within other course documents, only the questions used for the assessment need to be retained.

If no written assessment instruments are referenced in the assessment report, then no supportive documentation is required.

  1. A summary of any data analysis supporting the assessment findings noted in the annual assessment report

SAAC requests retention of data at the aggregate level only. If individual students’ results are retained, the format should be such that the identity of individual students is not discernible.

Examples of summary data include score frequency tables, item analyses (response frequencies by item), and the results of any statistical analyses (correlations, t-tests, Chi Square studies, etc.).

If no data analysis was conducted beyond what has already been presented in the assessment report, then no supportive documentation is required.

See the Faculty Resources for Assessment page for forms, guides, handbooks, and other assessment resources.