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

Nomination deadline: January 25, 2019. Click here for the nomination form.

2017-2018 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 is dedicated to continuous program improvement. Our 2018 winner is the Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering program in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering. The Chemical Engineering program was selected based on their commitment to engage faculty, students, alumni and employers in the assessment process and demonstration of using assessment results to inform program improvement. 

Kate Gleason College of Engineering
Bachelor’s Degree Chemical Engineering Program

Steve Weinstein, Chair

Department Faculty and Staff:

Paul Gregorius                                                Poornima Padmanabhan       

Anju Gupta                                                      Vicki Rocha

Stephanie Hart                                                Reginald Rogers         

Jen Kamish                                                     Kenneth Ruschak

Karuna Koppula                                              Patricia Taboada-Serrano

Brian Landi                                                      Yasemin Dilsad Yilmazel

Julie Olney                                                                  

• Program established in 2008
• Department consists of eight full-time faculty, one part-time faculty, two adjunct
faculty, two administrative assistants, one advisor and one lab technician
• Five-year program includes 48 weeks of cooperative, experiential learning in
industry or research
• Program enrollment is approximately 280 students in all year levels
• Curriculum prepares students for careers applying disciplines of chemistry,
physics, biology and mathematics to transform chemicals into more useful
or valuable forms through processes involving chemical change. It also trains
students to implement and control chemistry in applications including alternative
energy, environmental remediation and novel materials.
• Student outcomes for the program include but are not limited to: design,
multidisciplinary teamwork, professional responsibility and problem solving
• Faculty expertise includes the use of chemical nanotechnology for energy storage
and transmission, adsorption and electrochemical/biochemical separations,
environmental remediation and liquid film coating. Faculty are adept at
mathematical modeling and simulation of complex chemical systems.
• Students may pursue a dual degree with an MS in science, technology and public
policy in conjunction with the College of Liberal Arts, or a dual degree with an MS
in materials science and engineering in conjunction with the College of Science

2016-2017 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 active 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.

Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts Faculty and Staff

Suzanne Bamonto
Brian Barrry
Joseph Baschnagel
Robert Bowen
A. Eleanor Chand-Matzke
Jessamy Comer
Kirsten Condry
Caroline DeLong
Nicholas DiFonzo
John Edlund
Stephanie Godleski
Andrew M. Herbert
Rebecca Houston
Jennifer Lukomski
Scott Merydith
Vincent Pandolfi
Susan Powell
Esa Rantanen
Lindsay S. Schenkel
Paula Schneider
Alan Smerbeck
Tina Sutton
Christine VanHemel

 

  • Offers BS and MS degrees, advanced certificates, minors, immersions, and electives
  • Undergraduate degrees provide a general foundation in psychology with specialized training in one of five tracks: biopsychology, clinical psychology, cognitive psychology, social psychology, and visual perception
  • Graduate degrees are offered in school psychology and experimental psychology, with advanced certi cates offered in school psychology and engineering psychology
  • The Department of Psychology helps students develop skills for future careers and lifelong learning, including critical thinking and professional communication

 

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

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 January 25. 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 Process
  • 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.