Pratt Institute is currently in the process of developing a strategic plan for the next five years, which is grounded on the mission of the Institute and on a envisions substantial improvements in the academic and administrative programs, structures, and processes by 2010. The strategic planning committee is currently developing annual goals and action plans to make the vision a reality.
Assessment plays a very important role in achieving the enhancements envisioned in the strategic plan. An examination of where the Institute is currently with respect to where it wants to be makes it possible to institute appropriate programs and processes that will bring it there. Also, systematic evaluation of the progress made toward meeting the goals is needed to know what has been effective and what needs to be changed so that the desired goals will be achieved. Assessment, therefore, if done well, can contribute significantly to institutional improvement.
Several external forces are also driving us towards assessment of student learning and institutional effectiveness. State legislatures nationwide are expecting greater accountability from academic institutions, and professional and regional accrediting agencies, including the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, are requiring assessment as part of the accrediting process.
Middle States requires that institutions carry out assessment of student learning that “...demonstrates that the institution’s students have knowledge, skills, and competencies consistent with institutional goals and that the students at graduation have achieved appropriate higher education goals.” (source)
It also requires that institutions periodically undertake a more comprehensive assessment of their overall effectiveness in meeting their mission and goals. A written assessment plan for examining the implementation of the strategic planning process; efficient uses of resources, and existence of appropriate administrative structures and leadership is expected.
The faculty and staff at Pratt will show our commitment to assessment by developing an assessment program that reflects our values and uniqueness. Assessment will be undertaken at Pratt in order:
Reasons for Assessment