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Excellence in Student Learning Outcomes Award

Excellence in Student Learning Outcomes Award

This award recognizes an academic degree program that is committed to best practices in assessment, improving student learning, and continuous program improvement.

Nomination deadline: February 3, 2017. Click here for the nomination form.

2015-2016 Award Recipient

The Excellence in Student Learning Outcomes Award recognizes an academic degree program that is committed to best practices in assessment, improving student learning, and continuous program improvement. Nominees must involve stakeholders in assessment, establish effective assessment planning and implementation processes, and demonstrate continuous improvement. In addition to recognition at the Celebration of Teaching and Scholarship awards ceremony, the department receives a cash award of $4,000 for professional development. The winner for 2016 is the AAS Administrative Support Technology Program from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

AAS Administrative Support Technology, National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Mary Lou Basile; Department Chair, Business Studies Department
 AST Program Faculty:
Adriana Kulakowski
Tracy Magin,
Mary Beth Parker
Kathleen Szczepanek

  • First offered when NTID began accepting students in 1968, with name changes over the years to reflect the business environment
  • Has existed in its current form since 2001
  • Prepares students for careers in a variety of business settings including government, education, corporate and health care
  • Provides a foundation in computer software applications, business office procedures and document preparation
  • Provides opportunities to develop appropriate professional interpersonal and human relations skills
  • Students are prepared for the option of becoming certified in the use of Microsoft® Office software
  • Has been an Authorized Microsoft® Office Specialist Testing Facility since 2001
  • Currently 21 students in the program and more than 500 graduates since inception
  • Approximately 80 students have continued their studies in RIT BS programs

2014-2015 Award Recipient

This award recognizes an academic degree program that is committed to best practices in assessment, improving student learning, and continuous program improvement. Nominees must involve stakeholders in assessment, establish effective assessment planning and implementation processes, and demonstrate continuous improvement. In addition to recognition at the Celebration of Teaching and Scholarship awards ceremony, the department receives a cash award of $4,000 for professional development.

BS Mechanical Engineering Program, Kate Gleason College of Engineering

Risa Robinson, Ph.D.; Department Head, Professor
Margaret Bailey, Ph.D.; Professor
Stephen Boedo, Ph.D.; Professor
Agememnon Crassidis, Ph.D.; Associate Professor
Steven Day, Ph.D.; Associate Professor
Elizabeth DeBartolo, Ph.D.; Associate Professor
Hany Ghoneim, Ph.D.; Professor
Amitabha Ghosh, Ph.D.; Professor
Mario Gomes, Ph.D.; Assistant Professor
Surendra Gupta, Ph.D.; Professor
Edward Hensel, Ph.D.; Professor
William Humphrey; Lecturer
Patricia Iglesias Victoria, Ph.D.; Assistant Professor
Satish Kandlikar, Ph.D.; Professor
Mark Kempski, Ph.D.; Professor
Jason Kolodziej, Ph.D.; Associate Professor
Marca Lam, Ph.D.; Senior Lecturer
Kathleen Lamkin-Kennard, Ph.D.; Associate Professor
Timothy Landschoot; Senior Lecturer
Kate Leipold; Senior Lecturer
Alexander Liberson, Ph.D.; Lecturer
Alan Nye, Ph.D.; Professor
Ali Ogut, Ph.D.; Professor
Michael Schertzer, Ph.D.; Assistant Professor
Michael Schrlau, Ph.D.; Assistant Professor
Frank Sciremammano, Ph.D.; Professor
Robert Stevens, Ph.D.; Associate Professor
Benjamin Varela, Ph.D.; Associate Professor
Venkataraman, Ph.D.; Associate Professor
Wayne Walter, Ph.D.; Professor
John Wellin; Senior Lecturer

 

  • Established as a department in 1940 (Mechanical Drawing was the very first class offered at the Mechanics Institute in 1885)
  • Offered as an AS degree in 1945 and a BS degree in 1953 (first accredited in 1969)
  • The largest academic department in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering, with a headcount of over 900 students in first year through graduate programs
  • Is a broad discipline, covering such diverse topics as aerodynamics, medical devices, energy systems, system control,  robotics, new product development, materials development, structural integrity, manufacturing, automotive systems, and space vehicle systems
  • Offers options in Automotive Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Energy and the Environment, and Bioengineering
  • Uses the Program Advisory Committee, comprised of successful engineers who work at various businesses throughout the United States, to review its curriculum, ensuring that the program remains up to date and one of the best
  • Exposes students to a balance of theory, hands-on experiment, and design
  • Provides laboratory facilities primarily for student use
  • Has demonstrated commitment to excellence in education and its faculty include several recipients of teaching awards

Eligibility Requirements and Nomination Process

Degree granting-programs are eligible (including all nine colleges, the Golisano Institute of Sustainability and the School of Individualized Study). The program shall not have been a recipient of this award in the preceding four years.

Annually, each college or degree-granting unit can select one program to be nominated for the award. The college or degree-granting unit submits the Nomination Form to the Office of Educational Effectiveness Assessment at outcomes@rit.edu. Nominations are due by February 3rd. Each program will be reviewed by the award committee.

The program must meet or exceed the following:

I. Involve Stakeholders in Assessment

  • Identify and clearly share high quality program goals and student learning outcomes
  • Demonstrate engagement of program faculty in planning, collecting data, interpreting data, and using results to make improvements to curriculum, instruction, or assessment practices
  • Share results and recommendations for improvements with internal and external stakeholders

II. Establish Effective Assessment Planning and Implementation Processes

  • Advocate for high standards in defining academic quality
  • Clearly articulate how program level student learning outcomes are assessed
  • Utilize effective data collection tools and approaches
  • Implement direct assessment methods consistent with best practices
  • Establish appropriate benchmarks for program/degree level
  • Implement a sustainable and annual data collection process
  • Utilize assessment management system (Taskstream) to archive and track findings/results, recommendations, and action steps

III. Demonstrate Continuous Improvement

  • Provide evidence of a consistent (multi-year) use of student learning and program assessment results to guide improvements to curriculum, instruction, services, etc.
  • Evaluate the usefulness of assessment efforts and strategies and make changes when needed

Selection of Award Recipient

The review committee assesses nominations to determine if they meet eligibility requirements, then individually and collectively ranks the application package according to how strongly each candidate meets the stated criteria. After careful deliberation, one recipient is selected.

Presentation

The award will be given at the Celebration of Teaching & Scholarship ceremony in the spring. The winning department will receive a one-time $4,000 award for professional development.

For Questions about the Award or Submission Process

Contact the Office of Educational Effectiveness Assessment at outcomes@rit.edu.