Articulating Other Goals
Academic departments and programs, support and co-curricular departments, and other administrative departments have goals that are not directly related to student learning. Our success at reaching these goals are crucial to the effectiveness of the College.
Articulating these goals and objectives clarifies for ourselves and others what we are trying to accomplish, and this will in turn help us in prioritizing, directing our activities, planning, and evaluating our progress. Articulating goals for your department or unit is essential and should be done before any consideration of assessment.
Refer to the sections on Goals and Objectives in "Assessment Basics" (link on the right).
The Office of Institutional Research presented an introduction to assessment at Swarthmore's 2010 Staff Development Week, including concepts and examples. The presentation was particularly aimed at administrative departments, but the concepts apply to academic assessment as well.
Below are some resources and examples for articulating goals and objectives:
Co-curricular program and student affairs areas:
- Baruch College Office of College Advancement (OCA) [pdf]
- Cornell University's Division of Human Resources and Safety Services [pdf]
- Dickinson College's Facilities Management Mission and Goals
- Duke University's Human Resources Goals
- National Association for College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) resources for benchmarking