During the 2008-09 academic year, the Reaccreditation 2012 Committee and the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment revised and began implementation of an institution-wide assessment plan for the College. The plan uses a 4-year continuous assessment cycle.

The "steps by years" table breaks the work to be done into 4 steps that take place across 4 years. Based on consultative feedback, we divided the College into 4 groups (A, B, C, & D)l Group A members began Step 1 during the 2009-10 academic year. Each year, then, groups move forward in the assessment cycle. All areas of the College will be engaged in ongoing assessment work.

Steps Year One 2009-10 Year Two 2010-11 Year Three 2011-12 Year Four 2012-13 Year Five 2013-14
Identify Priorities / Goals / Outcomes
Plan Assessment

Group A

Group B

Group C

Group D

Group A

Gather Evidence

Group A

Group B

Group C

Group D

Interpret Evidence
Develop Action Plan

Group A

Group B

Group C

Implement Change

Group A

Group B

Steps Year Six 2014-15 Year Seven 2015-16 Year Eight 2016-17 Year Nine 2017-18 Year Ten 2018-19

Identify Priorities / Goals / Outcomes

Plan Assessment

Group B Group C Group D  Group A Group B

Gather Evidence

 Group A

Group B

Group C

Group D

 Group A

Interpret Evidence

Develop Action Plan

 Group D

  Group A

Group B

Group C

Group D

Implement Change

 Group C

 Group D

  Group A

Group B

Group C

Set up as such, the cycle is intended to (a) reflect the ongoing nature of this work, and (b) help us "keep it small" (i.e., manageable). Our goal is to help departments / offices understand that this is an ongoing process of examining our priorities, raising questions, and collecting information to help us answer those questions and improve our practices.

To find out where your area falls in the College's cycle, see the Assessment Cycle Groups page.