Department Assessment Report
Each academic unit submits a DAR through the WEAVE Online Assessment reporting system. Academic units report each year. An Assessment Plan for the upcoming year that includes intended outcomes for that unit, how these outcomes will be measured, and how the outcomes are related to guiding documents is developed well in advance of the reporting date so that information can be gathered, analyzed, and summarized for the DAR. Additionally, the unit will have to demonstrate how it is acting on information that does not meet expectations that are defined in advance of the actual assessments. These reports are reviewed by the UAEC and feedback is shared to help improve the assessment efforts across the institution. More importantly, the assessment work should be informing important decisions about instruction, curriculum, programs, and services for students. 

Timeline for Assessment Activity in CNU's Academic Departments

Program Review
Academic departments also participate in a comprehensive, self-study every six years. Departments report status and progress on numerous elements related to their effectiveness including relevance to university, learning outcomes, teaching, scholarship, service, organization, curricula, size, and resources. For specific guidelines, schedule, and committee membership visit the Undergraduate Academic Program Review website.

Liberal Learning Curriculum (LLC)
A new core curriculum, referred to as “Liberal Learning” at CNU, was implemented in the Fall of 2006.  Contact the chair of LLC for details about curriculum and assessment plans. 

What is accreditation and why is it important to CNU?
Accreditation is intended to assure constituents and the public of the quality and integrity of higher education institutions and programs, and to help those institutions and programs improve. These outcomes are achieved through rigorous internal and external review processes during which the institution is evaluated against a common set of standards.

When accreditation is awarded to an institution of higher education by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), a regional accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education, it means that the institution has (1) a mission appropriate to higher education, (2) resources, programs, and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain its mission, (3) clearly specified educational objectives that are consistent with its mission and appropriate to the degrees it offers, and that it is (4) successful in assessing its achievement of these objectives and demonstrating improvements.  Accreditation by SACSCOC is a statement of the institution’s continuing commitment to integrity and its capacity to provide effective programs and services based on agreed-upon accreditation standards.

The SACS-COC website provides a wide range of resources, tools and information for developing accreditation reports and student learning assessments as well as an excellent question and answer section.

What is the name of CNU’s accreditation organization as an institution of higher education?
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

What is the value of accreditation to CNU, its’ students, faculty, staff, and administration?
Accreditation in the United States is a means to assure and improve higher education quality, assisting institutions and programs using a set of standards developed by peers. An institution or program that has successfully completed an accreditation review has in place the needed instructional, student support and other services to assist students to achieve their educational goals. Accreditation has helped to provide the conditions necessary for the United States to develop diverse, flexible, robust and often admired higher education. more >>>

When was CNU first accredited by SACS?
1971

When was CNU reaffirmed?
2007

What is the next step in our SACS accreditation?
In 2012 CNU will need to file the 5 year report which will feature outcomes of our QEP effort. Get all the details here.

When is the next reaffirmation review scheduled?
2017

What does SACS require in terms of Assessment of Student Learning outcomes? 
"To gain or maintain accreditation with the Commission on Colleges, an institution must comply with the standards contained in the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement and with the policies and procedures of the Commission on Colleges."

Improving Undergraduate Education through the Assessment of Student Learning” (PowerPoint Presentation, SACS-COC Institute on Quality Enhancement and Accreditation, July 30, 2006, provided by Peter Ewell.)