Continuity of Strategic Planning and Evaluation During COVID-19

The pandemic has made abundantly clear the importance of good strategic planning to the advancement of an institution’s mission and goals, especially in times of crisis. In March 2020, New Paltz abruptly pivoted to remote instruction, sending college administrators, faculty, and staff into a heightened state of planning and rapid response that was simultaneously creative, …

MSCHE Virtual Visit for Spring 2021

On March 16, 2020, MSCHE closed its physical offices and transitioned to virtual Middle States evaluation teams during the COVID-19 pandemic. Marcia Welsh, former President of East Stroudsburg University (EMU) in Pennsylvania, will chair the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) Evaluation Team for SUNY New Paltz’s virtual accreditation review in spring 2021. Dr. …

Departments Host Virtual External Program Review Visits

Academic departments at SUNY New Paltz are hosting virtual external program review visits due to COVID-19. Most departments conduct program reviews–which examine, assess, and strengthen the quality of academic programs–every five to seven years. (Exceptions to this cycle include programs that follow accreditation guidelines by discipline-specific organizations.) Programs invite external evaluators from other SUNY and …

Fall 2020 General Education Forum Presents New Assessment Model

On Wednesday, October 28, 2020, the General Education (GE) Board held its Fall GE Forum. GE Board officers gave a short presentation on the new GE assessment model and its implementation in AY 2019-2020. The new model conducts assessment of GE categories in capstone courses or equivalents to provide data on students’ performances in GE over their entire education, …

Disciplinary Accreditation Updates

The Counselor Education Program, the Department of Communication Disorders, the School of Business, and the School of Education have recently held or are preparing to hold site visits by accrediting organizations in 2021 and 2022. Following is an update of their progress.   The Counselor Education Program is now accredited by the Council for Accreditation …