Westchester Community College uses a variety of assessment tools to obtain reliable information for evaluating and enhancing campus-wide programs in support of continuous improvement. Assessment results are analyzed and presented by the Office of Planning, Assessment, and Institutional Effectiveness in various formats. The data are used as performance measures for the strategic plan.
Major Institutional Surveys:
Institutional Research Data – The Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness provides data for various measures.
Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) – This is the nation’s core post-secondary education data collection program. This comprehensive system allows the comparison of Westchester Community College to peer institutions.
National Community College Benchmark Project (NCCBP) – NCCBP provides performance indicators for comparing community colleges across the country.
Campus Security Data Analysis – Institutional crime statistics are submitted annually to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) by all postsecondary institutions receiving Title IV Federal funding. The data is acquired from the OPE Campus Security Statistics Website database.
Monthly Enrollment Reports – The Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness provides monthly enrollment reports to the division of administrative services for institutional financial analysis.
Faculty Centered Surveys:
Chronicle’s Best Colleges To Work For Survey – This survey captures faculty and staff opinions about various aspects of working at Westchester Community College.
Community College Survey of Faculty Engagement (CCSFE) is a nationally administered survey of faculty perceptions of students’ educational experiences, faculty teaching practices, and the ways faculty spend their professional time in and out of the classroom. The data allows for benchmark comparisons between Westchester Community College and peer institutions. CCSFE is a companion survey for the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE).
Student Centered Surveys:
Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) is a nationally administered survey of student’s perceptions about various aspects of a particular campus. This data allows for benchmark comparisons between Westchester Community College and peer institutions.
Graduate Follow-Up Survey – This survey provides information about Westchester Community College graduates, their experiences at Westchester Community College, and where they are in their respective careers or their continued education.
Student Opinion Survey (SOS) is a survey administered by American College Testing (ACT), an independent, not-for-profit organization that offers a wide array of assessment tools in the field of education. The SOS measures students’ satisfaction with programs, services, and other parts of their college experience. The survey is administered every three years.
Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE) – SENSE measures students’ first impressions of the college, how students spend their time, and how students assess their relationships with faculty, advisors, other students, and their academic experience.
Office of Academic Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness:
General Education Assessment – Student learning is directly assessed in core competency areas identified by the State University of New York (SUNY).
Institutional Assessment – This is an assessment of the institutional effectiveness of Westchester Community College’s administrative divisions.
Program Review – This is an assessment of academic program outcomes.