AES Assessment

Overview of AES (Administrative, Educational, and Student Support Units) Assessment

MSCHE and the CUNY system requires each college to systematically assess organizational effectiveness. The goals of this process are to enhance quality, innovation, and effectiveness in the delivery of administrative and support services. The Brooklyn College Assessment Steering Committee (BCASC) is composed of the associate provost and AVP of institutional effectiveness (ex-officio) and the vice presidents and senior vice presidents from the five administrative divisions at the college:

  • Academic Affairs
  • Enrollment Management and Retention
  • Finance and Administration
  • Institutional Advancement
  • Student Affairs

The BCASC sets the AES Assessment Goals and Objectives for each year in alignment with MSCHE Recommendations and Strategic Plan 2.0.

The college has built upon the university’s reporting structure for the CUNY Performance Management Process (PMP) and the academic assessment model. The college requires each AES unit to identify its unit mission and document the alignment of its goals with the college’s Strategic Plan and the unit mission to the college mission. Annual assessment reports are required and reviewed in a peer review working session on a cyclical basis. The units are assessed on administrative outcomes determined by the unit and/or division and on student learning outcomes for any student-facing units. The core components of the AES unit reviews include:

  • Assessment of effectiveness in meeting the unit’s mission—achievement of organizational unit goal and outcomes;
  • Contributions of the unit to the achievement of college-wide mission and strategic plan goals;
  • Contributions of the unit to the attainment of the CUNY goals and targets;
  • Identification of critical issues facing the unit; and
  • Development of a multi-year plan to address critical issues confronting the unit.

Most AES units may conduct assessment on a recommended three-year cycle, with units reporting on assessment activities annually. Note that ultimately, the cycle length for AES units is at the discretion of the AES division head, with a maximum cycle length of five years. Along with annual reporting, units must conduct a CUNY-mandated External AES Unit Review. The recommended External Unit Review cycle length is currently being determined by the CUNY MSCHE Council.

Required AES Documentation (for Each AES Unit)

  • Unit Mission Statement
  • Unit Mission Statement Alignment to College Mission
  • Unit Goals
  • Unit Outcomes
  • For student-facing units, at least one Student Learning Outcome (SLO)
  • Unit Goal and Outcome Alignment to the College Strategic Plan Objectives
  • Detailed Unit-Level Assessment Planning Documentation
  • Annual AES Unit Assessment Report

AES Assessment Resources


Worksheets and Additional Resources

AES Orientation 2020–21

Unit Mission Review and Alignment Working Session

Unit Mission Alignment to the College ILOs Working Session

Unit Values/Purpose Alignment to the College Mission Working Session

Unit Goals/Outcomes Alignment to the College Strategic Plan Objectives Working Session

AES Unit Detailed Assessment Planning Document Working Session

Annual AES Assessment Report Training Session

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