Student Learning Outcomes Assessment
The basic purpose of Outcomes Assessment is to collect useful data on the quality of the student learning experience and to use that data in making improvements to academic programs. All majors and programs at Rosemont College are expected to collect data and then report their findings to the community on an annual basis. These reports then become the basis for self-improvement, and provide evidence to support suggestions to the faculty and administration on how the academic program might be strengthened.
A History of Student Learning Assessment at Rosemont College
The college has a tradition of assessing educational performance that goes back many decades. Very early in the college’s history, the faculty set a policy to have graduating seniors take comprehensive exams in an effort to assess the quality of student learning. Standardized student class evaluation forms have been a regular part our academic enterprise since the 1970’s and have been used extensively ever since to inform teaching practices and identify student needs. Some majors also adopted state or nationally-normed assessment tools such as the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), the ETS Major Field Exams, or professional licensure tests in order to assess how well those departments were delivering the academic content and how readily students learned the information presented.
In 1994, the college embarked on a new phase of assessment that was directed at student outcomes. Richard Donagher, then the Dean of the Undergraduate College, undertook the responsibility for having each major program to write learning outcomes. That effort continued with Dean David Harnett, who oversaw the creation of a faculty committee to conduct assessment. Since then, many faculty members have consistently included outcomes assessment goals on their syllabi and have changed programs to address issues that emerged from the data. In 2000, the college's outcomes effort was revised under Dean Erlis Wickersham in an effort to systematize the assessment process in all undergraduate major programs. Over the next few years, all majors revised their own assessment efforts and put specific plans into operation. That effort was again revisited in 2008 when, in conjunction with the Five Year Strategic Plan, the college named its first Director of Strategic Planning and Assessment charged with revising both the institutional effectiveness plan and academic assessment in order to bring them both up to speed with the best contemporary practices.
The present academic assessment structure was created to assess student learning, skill-building, and character development. It encourages the use of both indirect (surveys, self-reported evaluations) and direct data (portfolios, outside achievement testing, value-added assignments) in the formulation of conclusions.
The College's Institutional Effectiveness plan has three main goals: 1) to ensure that the student services we offer outside the classroom meet our expectations of excellence, 2) to provide the information needed to make wise and efficient use of resources, both human and monetary, and 3) to ensure that the priorities and goals of the College’s strategic plan are carried out.
During the 2008-09 academic year, each functional area of the college declared its own mission and goals in service of the college’s overall mission. Each member of the President's senior staff is charged with directing the strategic priorities of their area of responsibility, and then reporting the progress made to the President on a regular basis.
Student Life Division
The Division of Student Life’s mission is to support students individually and collectively and to complement the intellectual/cultural/educational experiences with a variety of services and supports outside of the classroom. This enables each student to develop their abilities to become leaders from their Rosemont College experience.
The Division of Student Life strives to provide opportunities for individuals to achieve a balance of the spiritual, intellectual, emotional, social, physical, and occupational aspects of their college life and to prepare them for their lives after graduation.
Our mission also includes continuous efforts to develop a synergy between and among other divisions in the College, so that these relationships nurture, support, and enhance the lives of every Rosemont student.
Goals and Objectives
- The student life department will develop educational and cultural activities/ events to support the Rosemont College student.
- The departments within student life will continually assess their ability to serve the students and to meet their needs.
- Student Life will monitor the programs offered on the college campus to achieve educational goals within the wellness model.
- The student life department will assess the needs of the individual departments and develop a priority list as the college moves forward with the institution’s growth and development.
- All student life departments will develop a partnership with other college department to cooperatively program an event to enhance the educational growth of the students.
Information Services’ mission supports the mission of the College by integrating information and technology throughout the institution. The Library, as the information center of the college, provides to all students ready access to information resources to develop the strengths and abilities they require to respond to the needs and challenges of the times, while Information Technology is the methodology that enables students to discover the excellence and joy of knowledge.
The following Information Services goals are designed to support the College's mission:
1. Enhance instruction and learning through information services;
2. Enhance accessibility to information through technology;
3. Enhance resources through information services;
4. Evaluate and implement technology.
Rosemont College Office of College Relations
The Rosemont College Office of College Relations aims to extend the College's Mission to alumni, friends, donors, students, and the general public through education, promotion, cultivation, and awareness activities.
The Office is dedicated to
- Broadening its outreach to all constituents articulating and promoting the Rosemont brand
- Enhancing the relationships that constituent groups have with the College
- Supporting the communication needs of other campus departments
- Generating funding that will allow the College to achieve its Strategic Plan goals and enhance the College experience for all community members.
The Mission of Rosemont College flows from the educational philosophy of the sponsoring religious congregation which opened Rosemont in 1921, the Society of the Holy Child Jesus. This philosophy is imbued with the spirit and educational principles of the Founder of the Society, Cornelia Connelly. This Holy Child education is a clearly defined yet flexible ideal, rooted in Christian values and expressions, attuned to learning opportunities that enable students to respond to life with joy, zeal and compassion. The only College in a world-wide network of Holy Child educational Institutions, Rosemont is grounded in the Holy Child philosophy which encourages students to meet diversity and change with confidence in their own gifts and in God, who has made covenant with the human family.
Finance and Administration
Finance and Administration is responsible for providing good stewardship of Rosemont College’s human, physical, natural, and financial resources, and for supporting the college community by providing responsive, high-quality business services.
Areas of Service Responsibility
To support higher education by being the preeminent provider of academic and collegiate products and services
The mission of the Accounting Department is to perform the official financial duties of Rosemont College and to provide and maintain the official accounting records and related systems of internal control in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, college policies and procedures, the requirements of federal and state governmental agencies, and external funding sources.
The mission of the Student Accounts office is to provide excellent customer service to students, parents, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, and college departments in an efficient, timely, and customer-oriented manner, while conforming to appropriate federal, state, and local governing agencies.
In keeping with the mission of Rosemont College, the Facilities Department is committed to providing an atmosphere that meets the educational needs as well as environmental needs of the students, faculty, staff, and visitors to the college by maintaining a beautiful, safe, comfortable, clean, and functional environment.
To be known as the company that provides total customer satisfaction, total value, and exceeds the expectations of all those we serve.
The office of Human Resources of Rosemont College serves as a resource for all employees of the college by providing efficient, ethical, and respectful assistance, guidance, and advocacy with regards to terms of employment, benefits, wage and salary administration, payroll, and employee relations while fostering a positive and equitable work environment.
The mission of the Public Safety Department is to enhance the quality of life by providing a secure and safe environment through professional service to the college community.
Graduate and Professional Studies: Mission and Values
The Schools of Graduate and Professional Studies are a community dedicated to educating men and women to become persons capable of independent and reflective thought and action. They seek to develop in their students the strengths and abilities required to respond to the needs and challenges of the times.
Graduates should have the following characteristics
- Competence (professional, interpersonal)
- Joy taken/passion about the field/profession
- Commitment to the profession/field
- Ethical and professional behavior, and cultural awareness and sensitivity
- Reflective, critical, independent thinkers
- Commitment to Rosemont College will persist after graduation
- Values learning and lifelong learning
- High level of group and individual communications
- Takes joy and learning from cultural diversity
- Commitment to contribute to the community/service/social responsibility
- Desire to serve the underserved