Assessment at Skidmore College
Assessment at Skidmore College is designed to help ensure that the mission of the college is being fulfilled: “The college seeks to prepare liberally educated graduates to continue their quest for knowledge and to make the choices required of informed, responsible citizens. Skidmore faculty and staff create a challenging yet supportive environment that cultivates students’ intellectual and personal excellence, encouraging them to expand their expectations of themselves while they enrich their academic understanding.”
The faculty and staff at Skidmore College are committed to the ongoing process of assessment of student learning, characterized by the following steps:
- Define learning outcomes
- Collect evidence
- Evaluate evidence
- Improve programs
The Office of Institutional Research, the Associate Director of Institutional Research for Assessment (Lisa Christenson), and the Faculty Assessment Coordinator (Sarah Goodwin) support faculty and administrators in their efforts to conduct assessments and use the results to improve student learning and ensure program quality.
Accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Skidmore College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), 624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, 267-284-5000.
In the fall of 2013, Skidmore began to plan for its next decennial review by the MSCHE by convening a Self-Study Steering Committee and choosing a topic for the self-study: Integrative Learning. In the spring of 2014, working groups began to study various aspects of integrative learning at Skidmore, resulting in draft chapters in the spring of 2015. The chapters were stitched together to create a draft report during the summer of 2015, which was presented to the College community during the summer and fall of 2015 for comments. The final self-study was sent to the MSCHE and the evaluation team members in early January, 2016, and the evaluation team visited the campus on March 6 - 9, 2016. The evaluation team's final report and Skidmore's formal response were considered by the Middle States Committee on Evaluation Reports on June 1, at which time Skidmore's accreditation was reaffirmed. Skidmore's next self-study evaluation will take place in 2025-2026.
The Self-Study Steering Committee was co-chaired by Beau Breslin, Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Sarah Goodwin, Professor of English and Faculty Assessment Coordinator.
If you have questions about the accreditation process please contact Lisa Christenson, Associate Director of Institutional Research for Assessment.
In addition to institutional accreditation by MSCHE, the following programs at Skidmore are accredited through national accrediting bodies:
- Art - National Association of Schools of Arts and Design (NASAD)
- Education - Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
- Social Work - Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
Please send any questions or suggestions to the Associate Director of Institutional Research for Assessment. Should you notice any broken links, please send a message so that they can be repaired.
Assessment at Skidmore is currently overseen by the Assessment Subcommittee.