NCCC President Shares Student Development Assessment Expertise

Steven Tyrell - 021814Dr. Steve Tyrell, North Country Community College President, served on a November 15 Assessment Network of New York (ANNY) panel to discuss “Linking Institutional Assessment to Student Learning” at SUNY Adirondack. The regional event was co-sponsored by SUNY Adirondack and SUNY Plattsburgh, and focused on different components of institutional effectiveness, including the assessment of the strategic plan, student development and administrative units, general education, and student engagement using the NSSE.

Dr. Tyrell spoke on the topic of Assessment of Student Development and joined other panelists including James “Jake” Liszka (Provost and VP for Academic Affairs, SUNY Plattsburgh), Timothy Hayes (Senior Advancement officer, SUNY Oneonta), Bruce Brydges (Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Enrollment Management, SUNY Potsdam), Joel Bloom (Director Academic Assessment & Survey Research, University at Albany) and Steven F. Doellefeld (Associate Director Academic Assessment, University at Albany).

“Colleges serve a variety of publics today who expect institutions of higher education to ensure the highest quality of learning. Assessment of student learning both inside and outside of the classroom is absolutely essential to good stewardship,” stated Dr. Tyrell. “ANNY provides an important forum for higher education assessment leaders in the State of New York to gather the best practices of assessment and share them throughout the higher education community.”

Dr. Tyrell has led strategic planning and assessment training programs for college leaders up and down the East Coast for the past decade. He has been recognized by his peers as an assessment specialist in student learning outcomes and assessment studies that focused on learning related to ethical decision-making, leadership, communication, career preparedness, health education, cross-cultural communication, sportsmanship, and conflict resolution.

ANNY was formed in the summer of 2010 by higher education professionals representing the State University of New York (SUNY), the City University of New York (CUNY) and New York’s private colleges and universities. The group’s primary objective was to create a state-wide network to stimulate dialogue and the exchange of ideas related to assessment across institutions and to provide support and resources to those committed to meaningful assessment of student learning and institutional effectiveness.

As the only public college located in the Adirondack Park, North Country Community College provides educational, cultural and recreational programming to a 3,500 square mile service area with 90,000 inhabitants. The College maintains three campuses in Saranac Lake, Malone and Ticonderoga, New York; an extensive high school-based academic partnership; and online course offerings.

North Country Community College is part of the SUNY (State University of New York) system. With 64 unique Colleges and Universities, SUNY provides learning environments for every type of student, every stage of life, and every kind of passion.

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