The Office of Assessment and Institutional Research pledges to enhance
the educational experience at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering.
This office will serve as a resource to the School by evaluating and
disseminating the data that is received from students, faculty and
staff. The use of this information will help improve the quality of
education at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering.
Goals and Objectives
Assessment is, first and foremost, a process. It is not in and of
itself a product, although the process will "produce" a variety of
results and documents that are an important part of the process. The
process must lead to continuous improvement in the delivery of service
to the Schools's many constituencies.
In the ABET 2000 era, assessment focuses on identifiable outcomes that
demonstrate the achievement of clearly stated missions, goals, and
Thus, the goals and objectives of the assessment process include:
Documenting the Schools's mission.
2. Documenting the mission, goals, and
objectives of each academic program of the School.
3. Documenting the mission, goals and
objectives of each non-academic unit or function of the School.
4. Measuring, on a regular and repetitive
basis, the achievement of mission, goals, and/or objectives by the
School as a whole, and by individual academic and non-academic units.
5. Identifying shortcomings in the
achievement of mission, goals, and/or objectives at all levels of the
6. Development of plans to
the achievement of mission, goals, and/or objectives of the School as a
whole, and of individual academic and non-academic units.
7. Incorporating feedback on specific
and actions into subsequent measurements of success against mission,
goals, and/or objectives.
It is important to recognize that the entire
School community must be
involved in the process of assessment and continuous improvement. An
Office of Assessment and Institutional Research (AIR) has been
established to organize the process, to conduct the many surveys that
will be required, to provide a consistent and complete data base for
informative statistical analyses, to provide a central location for
assessment results and record-keeping, and to assist various units of
the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering in conducting the assessment
The results of assessment, however, must be reviewed and responded to
by all affected units of the School. It is important to note that
appropriate responses to assessment results are the responsibility of
virtually every member of the School community, as assessment will
touch every academic and non-academic unit of the NYU Polytechnic
School of Engineering.