Assessment of Student Success Skills (Policy OG-23)

The following student success skills, which serve as the institutional student learning outcomes for the College, are assessed by all departments on campus:

Clarkson College students will:

  1. Demonstrate effective communication
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking to make educated decisions
  3. Demonstrate proficient use of technologies
  4. Demonstrate the ability to respectfully interact within a diverse society
  5. Demonstrate professional behavior

Communication: In verbal and written formats, the learners will demonstrate the ability to listen to others attentively and receptively, articulate their own perceptions effectively to others, and communicate and elicit feedback in order to enhance objectivity, tolerance and rapport.

Critical Thinking: The learner will demonstrate the ability to interpret, analyze and evaluate statements and evidentiary data; construct well-developed, articulate and sustained arguments; and justify conclusions based on well-supported arguments.

Technology: The learner will demonstrate proficiency in using and producing materials in various software programs, including online technologies. Proficiency also includes integration of technology in diverse modalities.

Diversity: The learner will demonstrate the ability to recognize the worth and unique characteristics inherent in all individuals, leading the learner to explore and appreciate differences. From individual to global levels, a diverse perspective will promote inclusivity and resistance to marginalization.

Professional Behavior: The learner will demonstrate the ability to behave with dignity and respect for both self and others, take responsibility for one’s own actions, and show empathy and good judgment while working with or serving others.


The Clarkson College Assessment Plan involves College-wide data collection from Academic departments, Student Services departments and the Office of Institutional Effectiveness. Data collected from the Academic and Student Services departments are included in Annual Reports (the Academic Annual Program Review & Outcomes Report (AAPRO) and the Department Annual Review & Outcomes Report (DARO), respectively). All departments incorporate data from various sources to inform their decision making. Data collected through the Office of Institutional Effectiveness are included in the Annual Assessment Reports and provide the blueprint for discussion on continuous improvement at an annual Assessment Retreat in the fall and a follow-up retreat to assess progress in the spring. Any proposed academic or student service related needs, budget allocation for resources, or other recommendations for College improvement are documented and brought to the Annual Strategic Planning Day where the college community can provide input.

This process allows formal assessment of Clarkson College student’s academic achievement, as well as, continuous quality improvement for the College, in all areas. This dynamic process requires continuous review and assessment reporting to make recommendations for improvement in the academic and student service departments. This plan focuses on academic excellence at all levels by strengthening the institutional assessment, academic offerings by program, examining educational effectiveness, and evaluating available resources to offer quality programming. This plan verifies achievement of the five Clarkson College Student Success Skills (communication, critical thinking, technology, professionalism and diversity) at the institutional, program and course levels.