Assessment Process

AY 2011-2012

The Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication Assessment Process

We follow our students: In the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication (MCCAMC) we recognize that students follow multiple paths in the completion of their academic degree programs. Because the requirements for completing a degree are vastly different for each Department in the College, we use assessment to capture student learning at different points in the program. We believe that the assessment of student learning outcomes should not hinder the student’s completion of the degree. This means that some Departments will assess student learning when students first enter CSUN and others will assess students nearest completion of their degree requirements and graduation.

Assessment is about student learning: The focus of assessment in our College is on student learning not course content or faculty teaching. Although faculty reflect on their course content and pedagogy regularly, we use a different process for pedagogical improvements called peer observations not the assessment of student learning. MCCAMC also believe that learning occurs across courses and co-curricular experiences and is not isolated to a particular course.

Faculty are integral to the process: Faculty and staff are involved in the assessment process through the development of assessment tools to the development of scoring rubrics, tests, assignments and the collaborative review of student work. Participating faculty are also supported through faculty development and incentives as appropriate.

Anonymity of faculty and students involved in the process must be guaranteed: The assessment of student learning is an institutional activity that involves faculty, staff, and students. During the assessment process no individual faculty or student participants’ results are identified. The integrity of the assessment process is maintained at all levels through following a process that maintains the confidentiality of participants.

Assessment results are aggregated: Student learning outcomes assessment results are reported in aggregate form because the results represent MCCAMC and each individual Department and not individual students or faculty. In addition, assessment results are shared with University assessment officials, the Dean’s office, faculty, staff, students and the larger CSUN community.

Assessment results are to be used to improve student learning: The assessment results are regularly and systematically considered by the faculty, staff, and administrators in order to take action to improve student learning.

The assessment process is reviewed periodically: Assessment tools (tasks and scoring rubrics) and the process are reviewed to improve the process validity, efficiency and effectiveness.