Assessment Tools

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. The results of the various tools are analyzed and presented by the Office of Planning, Assessment, and Institutional Effectiveness in various formats and much of the data are utilized as performance measures for the strategic plan.

Campus Security Data Analysis – this information is collected by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE). The data is acquired from the OPE Campus Security Statistics Website database. Annually, institutional crime statistics are submitted by all postsecondary institutions receiving Title IV Federal funding.

Community College Survey of Faculty Engagement (CCSFE) is a nationally administered survey of faculty perceptions regarding students’ educational experiences, their teaching practices and they ways they spend their professional time – both in and out of the classroom.  The data allows for benchmark comparisons between Westchester Community College and peer institutions, and is a companion survey for CCSSE.

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.

Chronicle’s Best Colleges To Work For Survey – This survey captures faculty and staff opinions about various aspects of working at Westchester Community College.

Enrollment Monthly Reports – These are created monthly by the Institutional Research and Planning department for the use of financial analysis by the Business Office.

Financial Statements – The Business Office has the fiduciary responsibility for Westchester Community College’s annual financial audits and provides fiscal information.

General Education Learning Outcome Assessments – Student learning is directly assessed in core competency areas as identified by the State University of New York (SUNY).

Graduate Follow-Up Survey – This survey provides information about Westchester Community College graduates, their experiences with Westchester Community College, and where they are in their respective careers or their continued education.

Institutional Research Data – The IR department provides accurate data for various measurable points.

Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). This is the nation’s core post-secondary education data collection program. This comprehensive system is designed to compare  Westchester Community College to peer institutions.

National Community College Benchmark Project (NCCBP) – this set of data provides institutional comparisons of community colleges across the country. It currently reports-out on 25 performance indicators.

Student Opinion Survey (SOS) – is a survey administered by ACT, an independent, not-for-profit organization that offers a wide array of assessment tools in the field of education. The SOS identifies enrolled students satisfaction with program, services, and other parts of their college experience. The survey is administered every three years/

Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE) - Information attained from this measurement provides data on student perception of their first impressions of the college, how they spend their time, how they assess their relationships with faculty, advisors & other students and their academic experience.