Assessment forms an integral component of Cayuga’s commitment to quality through continual improvement and institutional renewal. The vision and mission of Cayuga Community College serve as the foundation for institutional assessment, as well as the framework for generating our assessment plans. Moreover, the College’s core values include Assessment and renewal: Ongoing examination and evaluation of all aspects of the institution to enhance their contributions to the College mission.”
The mission of our institutional assessment activity at Cayuga is to support an excellent education for our students and to provide a platform for continual campus renewal of the highest quality. To accomplish this, the College must obtain information about what and how our students learn, and about the effectiveness of our institutional processes in fostering learning and teaching. This inquiry applies a variety of assessment tools to measure the degree to which student learning outcomes are achieved. Analysis of the findings can lead to modifications in curricula, teaching strategies, instructional processes, student services, and general College operations to further improve effectiveness.
The Institutional Assessment Office engages the faculty and staff in the policy and projects of our College-wide assessment process. The office does this by
- Assisting with rubric development and constructing or updating surveys
- Working collaboratively with faculty toward overall improvement and renewal through assessments of program majors, SUNY general education requirements, and all College departments
- Working with College staff as they design and implement their office assessment plans
- Offering opportunities for professional development through assessment workshops and local or national conference information
- Providing a library of assessment books and executive summaries of assessment data such as Assessment Day outcomes
- Maintaining a web-based resource for information and dialogue about assessment at Cayuga Community College
Eric graduated with high honors from Colgate University in Hamilton, NY with a bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Religion. He later received a master's of science degree in Counseling and Psychological Services from the State University of New York at Oswego. For the past 6 years Eric has served as the Transfer Counselor on the Auburn Campus.
In addition to helping guide students through the transfer process, Eric works with colleagues at area institutions to enhance the transferability of Cayuga Community College's programs. He also juggles various committee and board work. Eric was a charter member of the Banner Student Implementation team, and serves on the Board of Directors as one of the college's two delegates to the Cayuga County Health Consortium.
Due in part to the ever-changing student demographic and growth in on-line learning, Eric is taking a hard look at how student services are delivered. After intensive research, he has identified a technology based structure that will serve to preserve the "face to face" hallmark of Cayuga's services, while extending and increasing accessibly to a more distant population. He is currently heading a two-pronged attack to update and access the current service model here at the college.
Assessment Initiatives and Projects
Maureen Erickson, director of assessment, and Maggie Killoran, associate vice-president and dean, gave a presentation at the June 2009 AIRPO conference in Buffalo, NY. The presentation is titled, “Building a Synergistic and Valuable Culture of Assessment: Beyond the Theory and On to the Human Side of the Beast.”
Middle States Association
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is the unit of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools that accredits degree-granting colleges and universities in the Middle States region, which includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and several locations internationally.
The Commission is a voluntary, non-governmental, membership association that defines, maintains, and promotes educational excellence across institutions with diverse missions, student populations, and resources. It examines each institution as a whole, rather than specific programs within institutions.
- Download the February-March 2010 Middle States Newsletter (PDF format)
Find out more information on all of Cayuga’s accrediting organizations.
Contact the Institutional Assessment Office
Maureen Erickson, Director of Assessment
M-266, Auburn Campus
315-255-1743 x 2368