The planning and assessment of administrative units is a key component of SUNY Potsdam’s ability to ensure effectiveness and realize continuous, incremental improvement in those areas. Administrative unit assessment also supports institutional effectiveness by demonstrating the degree to which the College is achieving its mission as evidenced by tracking the progress units made in achieving individual unit goals and desired outcomes and evaluating the quality of programs and services offered by each.
The four main purposes of assessment should be to:
- Improve – The assessment process should provide valuable information and feedback to determine what the unit does well and how the administrative unit can be improved.
- Support – The assessment process should provide support for campus decision-making activities such as unit review and strategic planning, as well as external accountability activities such as accreditation.
- Prove – The assessment process should capture and demonstrate what the administrative unit is accomplishing or providing to students, faculty, staff, or other stakeholders.
- Inform – The assessment process should inform department heads and other decision-makers of the contributions and impact of the administrative unit to the development and growth of students and/or other key campus constituents.