The Commission on Higher Education, Middle States Association (MSA) of Colleges and Schools places special emphasis on the assessment of student learning. Beginning with its Framework for Outcomes Assessment (1996), MSA has provided helpful guidance to institutions and student learning outcomes assessment has been an increasingly important requirement for accreditation.
RIT responded early on to this imperative by developing a university outcomes assessment framework. The framework included components of assessment required of all units. Each college developed its own plan taking special care to ensure that the components of the university framework were included.
RIT's outcomes assessment planning and implementation efforts and NTID's initial plans and reports are described in the documents below:
- Middle States Review - Student Outcomes Assessment - NTID - Executive Summary (February 24, 2006)
- Middle States Review - Student Outcomes Assessment - NTID - Program Summary Table (February 24, 2006)
- Academic Outcomes Assessment Task Force Report (March 15, 2006)
- RIT Self-Study Report (February 6, 2007), Prepared for The Middle States Commission on Higher Education Evaluation Team Visit (March 21-23, 2007)
- Middle States Review - Update Student Outcomes Assessment - NTID (February 22, 2007)
- Academic Outcomes Assessment Task Force Report (March 1, 2007)
- Final report of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education Visiting Team (April 2007)
- Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Committee (formerly the Academic Outcomes Assessment Task Force) All Colleges Assessment Report (March 10, 2009)
The RIT Academic Program and Curriculum Management website contains an explanation and link to the MSCHE 2012 Periodic Review Report, which is focused primarily on assessment, and the subsequent Reviewer’s Report.
Middle States Standards for Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation changed in 2015 and RIT became one of the pilot schools participating in a Collaborative Implementation Project during 2015-2016 followed by a Site Visit in 2017. An RIT website describes the process, timelines and Self-Study Design. Assessment is an integral part of several of the new standards.