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Committee on Instructional Quality and Academic Standards

Committee Charge

This committee, in order to exercise its responsibility for the conduct of the College’s instructional program, shall be concerned with:  promoting and supporting best practices in teaching excellence; assessment of the College curriculum, including general education assessment; promoting quality academic advisement; setting standards for evaluating student academic performance; reviewing policies regarding recruitment and admission of both graduate and undergraduate students; creating, reviewing and assessing academic policies; evaluating the quality of instruction; and evaluation of student probation.

Academic Year 2014/2015

This year the committee has actively engaged with general education assessment: writing college wide learning outcomes (CWLO), piloting a new process for assessment, assessing a collection of student work, engaging faculty in discourse about general eduaction, making recommendations for the revisions to the process and taking action to improve the process and better communicate the assessment plan. In addition to better map these CWLO's, the committee revised the syllabus template asking that all courses identify which of the CWLO's their course meets. In addition to assessment the committee has investigated the purchase or lease of a scantron so that the College may better support the instructional needs for multiple choice testing and assessment. Their reports, the CWLO's, resolutions and the syllabus template is found below.

Reports and Actions Taken 2014/2015

General Education Report

Syllabus Template

2016/17 Course Syllabus Template (Word)

Revised Syllabus Template (Endorsed December 2016

Syllabus Template (Endorsed May 12, 2015)

College Wide Learning Outcomes

SUNY ESF’s college wide Student Learning Outcomes (SLO’s) are concerned with six areas:  (1) Scientific Reasoning; (2) Quantitative Reasoning; (3) Basic Communication Skills; (4) Technological and Information Literacy; (5) Values, Ethics and Diverse Perspectives; and (6) Critical Thinking.

      • Scientific Reasoning

        Students will be able to:  demonstrate understanding of modern science and the implications of scientific discoveries, apply the scientific method, and use science to address contemporary problems.

    • Quantitative Reasoning

      Students will be able to effectively describe, interpret, apply, and evaluate quantitative information.

    • Communication

      Students will be able to: formulate and present ideas that reflect critical thinking skills and show awareness of audience, context, and purpose, and present a well-developed argument

    • Technological and Information Literacy

      Students will be able to: use critical thinking skills to determine the information needed to solve a problem, access information using appropriate technologies, and effectively and appropriately use information to accomplish a specific purpose.

    • Values, Ethics and Diverse Perspectives

      Students will be able to: demonstrate awareness of diverse cultures and values, recognize ethical issues in contemporary society, and apply ethical concepts in addressing diverse personal, professional, and societal settings.

    • Critical Thinking

      Students will be able to: identify, analyze, evaluate, and develop well-reasoned arguments.  (Note: this area inherently overlaps outcomes in the prior areas.)


Academic Year 2013/2014

This year the committee reviewed and revised the College's Grading Policies. In response the committee created a syllabus template for the College which was endorsed at the November 20th, 2014 meeting.