In recognition of outstanding work in the area of assessment at the collegiate level, William DeLuca, associate professor of Criminal Justice at C-GCC, has been awarded the 2019 Assessy Award.
Assessment – both academic and non-academic – refers to any effort made to gather information that can be used to improve student learning, campus programs, student support services, or the institution as a whole. Any member of the college community is eligible for nomination by other members of C-GCC’s faculty, staff, or administration, and winners are chosen from the pool of nominees by a committee consisting of both academic and non-academic representatives, one vice president or dean, and members of the college’s Institutional Assessment Planning Group (IAPG).
DeLuca, of Catskill, received multiple nominations, including one from Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs Carol Doerfer, who praised his ability to handle several varied assessment projects at once.
“I’ve had the opportunity to work with Bill in his capacity as Chair of Behavioral and Social Sciences on a number of ‘Assessment of the Major’ reports due from his area,” said Doerfer. “This was no easy task for him, since assessments were due from Criminal Justice, Human Services, Liberal Arts and Science – Social Science, and Liberal Arts and Science – Social Science with a Psychology Concentration.”
Doerfer added that she has also seen DeLuca’s work directly benefit students across curricula, such as through the implementation of a late-start course option.
“It is very evident that all of Bill’s assessments have the success of our students in mind, whether it is while they are here on campus, when they enter the job market, or upon transfer to a four-year institution,” she said.
Assessments conducted annually on campus are used to inform C-GCC’s institutional effectiveness report cards, which this year will focus on affordability, academic program development, and community engagement.