Observations and Measurements Used in Strategic Plan Assessment

Steve Schmidt, Director of Assessment
Revision date: 7-20-17

Section F1: Academic Quality

F1-G1. Union will attract diverse, talented, accomplished, and creative students, faculty, and staff committed to the life of the mind and educational mission of the College. 
Measure Source Frequency
Enrollment Institutional Research Annual
% students of color Institutional Research Annual
% student race unknown Institutional Research Annual
% international students Institutional Research Annual
% students female Institutional Research Annual
% students outside NY Institutional Research Annual
% students outside Northeast Institutional Research Annual
SAT scores Institutional Research Annual
Percent reporting SAT Institutional Research Annual
ACT scores Institutional Research Annual
Percent reporting ACT Institutional Research Annual
% students in HS top ten Institutional Research Annual
Percent submitting class rank Institutional Research Annual
Admit rate Institutional Research Annual
First-year class size Institutional Research Annual
% Pell grant recipients Institutional Research Annual
First and second faculty/staff offers accepted Chief Diversity Officer Annual
% of search finalists who are diverse Chief Diversity Officer Annual
% of search finalists who are women Chief Diversity Officer Annual
% of offers declined Chief Diversity Officer Annual
Percent of applicants that are female Chief Diversity Officer Annual
Percent of applicants that are Asian Chief Diversity Officer Annual
Percent of applicants that are targeted minorities Chief Diversity Officer Annual
Response rate for ethnic information Chief Diversity Officer Annual
Number of applications Institutional Research Annual
ED applications Institutional Research Annual
% requesting financial aid Institutional Research Annual
% receiving need-based aid Institutional Research Annual
% receiving merit aid Institutional Research Annual
Average student indebtedness Institutional Research Annual
Admissions yield Institutional Research Annual
F1-G2. Union faculty will contribute to knowledge through their scholarship.
Faculty journal articles published Schaffer Library Annual
Faculty books published Schaffer Library Annual
Book chapters and edited books Schaffer Library Annual
Other publications, performances, and exhibitions Schaffer Library Annual
Presentations at  meetings Schaffer Library Annual
Grant proposals submitted: number Grants office Annual
Grant proposals submitted: dollars Grants office Annual
Success rate Grants office Annual
Grants awarded: number Grants office Annual
Grants awarded: dollars Grants office Annual
Active grants, total Grants office Annual
Dollars received total Grants office Annual
Active NSF grants Grants office Annual
Rank by Active NSF Awards Grants office Annual
Rank by Dollar Amount of Awards Grants office Annual
F1-G3. Union students will discover lifelong intellectual interests and strive to excel in them.
HEDS Alum 15:“learning on my own” Institutional Research Two years in three
F1-G4. Union students will develop an attitude of inquiry: they will ask questions that matter, and develop the capacity to engage complex challenges with skill, creativity, and confidence.
NSSE  #11m: “Solving complex real problems” Institutional Research Every third year
Peer seniors Institutional Research Every third year
NSSE  # 17c “Thinking critically”: Seniors Institutional Research Every third year
Peer seniors Institutional Research Every third year
NSSE  #1a: “Asked questions/class discussion”   Institutional Research Every third year
Peer seniors Institutional Research Every third year
NSSE  #11e: “Research project with faculty” Institutional Research Every third year
Peer seniors Institutional Research Every third year
# of students doing research with faculty Undergraduate Research Annual
HEDS question 7: "Work on faculty research" Institutional Research Two years in three
Peer seniors Institutional Research Two years in three
HEDS question: "Evaluate role of science/technology" Institutional Research Two years in three
Peer seniors Institutional Research Two years in three
HEDS question: "Form ideas and solutions" Institutional Research Two years in three
Peer seniors Institutional Research Two years in three
Students funded for professional conferences Undergraduate Research Annual
F1-G5. Union students will graduate with deep and broad knowledge.
% of students completing an IS major Institutional Research Annual
% of students completing an ID major Institutional Research Annual
% of students completing a double major Institutional Research Annual
% students minoring outside  division of  major  Institutional Research Annual
NSSE  # 11a: "Broad general education”: Srs Institutional Research Every third year
Peer seniors Institutional Research Every third year
F1-G6. Union students will graduate with the skills needed to communicate clearly and effectively; to work both independently and collaboratively; to develop information, technological, and visual literacy; to be prepared to live and work in a culturally-diverse world; and to understand ethical considerations and act upon them.
NSSE  #1b: “Made a class presentation”: SR Institutional Research Every third year
Peer seniors Institutional Research Every third year
# of students participating in study abroad Institutional Research Annual
Number of Honor Code violations  Dean of Studies Annual
Recidivism rate among Honor Code offenders Dean of Studies Annual
NSSE  #11d: “ Speaking clearly effectively”: SR Institutional Research Every third year
Peer seniors Institutional Research Every third year
NSSE 6b: used numerical information to examine a problem Institutional Research Every third year
Peer seniors Institutional Research Every third year
F1-G7. Union students, faculty, and staff will contribute to the improvement of the human condition, both locally and globally. As intellectually engaged, innovative, and open-minded citizens of the world, they will, as Eliphalet Nott urged his students, carry their humanity with them into that world.
NSSE #7b “Community service/volunteer wk”: SR Institutional Research Every third year
Peer seniors Institutional Research Every third year
NSSE # 1k: “Participated community project" SR Institutional Research Every third year
Peer seniors Institutional Research Every third year
NSSE #12: courses with community-based project Institutional Research Every third year
Peer seniors Institutional Research Every third year
HEDS Alum 14: “Civic Engagement” Very little Institutional Research Two years in three
HEDS Senior 1A: “Primary Plan this fall” Work FT Institutional Research Two years in three

Section F2: The Learning Environment

F2-G1. Union College will provide a residential educational experience that promotes responsible behavior and intellectual engagement outside of the classroom.
NSSE #1t:  “Discussed ideas outside of class”  Institutional Research Every third year
Peer seniors Institutional Research Every third year
NSSE #6a: “Activities outside of the classroom” Institutional Research Every third year
Peer seniors Institutional Research Every third year
Overall GPA Institutional Research Annual
Male GPA Institutional Research Annual
Female GPA Institutional Research Annual
Frat GPA Institutional Research Annual
Sorority GPA Institutional Research Annual
Overall GPA Institutional Research Annual
Athlete GPA Institutional Research Annual
Male athlete GPA Institutional Research Annual
Female athlete GPA Institutional Research Annual
Nondrinking rate Residential Life Annual
Five drinks or more per event Residential Life Annual
More than once per week Residential Life Annual
Alcohol impact on quality of life Residential Life Annual
F2-G2. Union College will work to maintain a high level of student success by fostering an intellectually-engaged community and by offering appropriate services.
First year retention rate Institutional Research Annual
Graduation rate Institutional Research Annual
NSSE #10f “Attending campus events/activities” Institutional Research Every third year
Peer seniors Institutional Research Every third year
NSSE # 10b “support you need to help succeed" Institutional Research Every third year
Peer seniors Institutional Research Every third year
HEDS question 18: "satisfaction with advising" Institutional Research Two years in three
Peers Institutional Research Two years in three
NSSE #10a "Significant time studying" Institutional Research Every third year
Peer seniors Institutional Research Every third year
NSSE #5 "Course challenge Institutional Research Every third year
Peer seniors Institutional Research Every third year
NSSE #1r "Worked harder than thought could" Institutional Research Every third year
Peer seniors Institutional Research Every third year
NSSE #10 "Courses challenged to do best work" Institutional Research Every third year
Peer seniors Institutional Research Every third year
Clery Report: Liquor law violations Campus Safety Annual
Clery report: Drug law violations Campus Safety Annual
Clery report: sex-related crimes Campus Safety Annual
F2-G3. Union College will be an inclusive community with students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds, and where students can develop the cultural competencies necessary to succeed in a multicultural, globally complex world.
NSSE #1e: “diverse perspectives” Institutional Research Every third year
Peer seniors Institutional Research Every third year
NSSE #8c: "discussions with other religious groups" Institutional Research Every third year
Peer seniors Institutional Research Every third year
NSSE #8d: "discussions with other political views" Institutional Research Every third year
Peer seniors Institutional Research Every third year
HEDS question: "Satisfied with diversity" Institutional Research Two years in three
Peers Institutional Research Two years in three
HEDS question: "Satisfied with community" Institutional Research Two years in three
Peers Institutional Research Two years in three
F2-G4. Union students will develop a sense of themselves as a “whole person,” with the skills necessary for the pursuit of lifelong learning, global citizenship and effective work with others, through co-curricular programs that complement the academic mission.
NSSE #1h: “Worked with classmates” Institutional Research Every third year
Peer seniors Institutional Research Every third year
NSSE #1d: “Integrating from various sources” Institutional Research Every third year
Peer seniors Institutional Research Every third year

Section F3: Sustainable Stewardship of Resources

F3-G1. Union will enhance its reputation by focusing on accomplishments of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni and by sustaining an environment that fosters further accomplishment.
# of scholarly works in publications/exhibitions Schaffer Library Annual
F3-G2. Union will attract, reward and retain faculty and staff while also ensuring that we optimize the use of their valuable time.
Tenure track faculty arriving Dean of Depts/Programs Annual
Visitor/lecturer arriving Dean of Depts/Programs Annual
Tenure track retirements Dean of Depts/Programs Annual
Tenure track non-retirement departures Dean of Depts/Programs Annual
Visitors/lecturers completing contracts Dean of Depts/Programs Annual
Visitors/lecturers departing early Dean of Depts/Programs Annual
Number of employees paid below 90% of target Institutional Research Irregularly
Amount required to reach 90% of target Institutional Research Irregularly
Full time staff turnover Institutional Research Annual
Full time administrator turnover Institutional Research Annual
Part time staff turnover Institutional Research Annual
Part time admin turnover Institutional Research Annual
Rank in faculty salaries Institutional Research Annual
Rank in faculty compensation Institutional Research Annual
Rank in professor salaries Institutional Research Annual
Rank in professor compensation Institutional Research Annual
F3-G3. Union will cultivate and efficiently use all available resources—financial, physical, temporal, intellectual, cultural, and technological—to support programs and services, while remaining competitive, affordable, accessible and sustainable.
College’s external credit rating by Moody’s  Institutional Research Annual
Credit rating rank Institutional Research Annual
Tuition dependency Institutional Research Annual
Contribution ratio Finance Annual
Alumni giving rate College Relations Annual
Financial aid discount rate - tuition Institutional Research Annual
Financial aid discount rate - TFRB Institutional Research Annual
Annual fund donations Institutional Research Annual
Average gifts per student College Relations Annual
Endowment performance Finance Annual
NACUBO endowment benchmark Finance Annual
Endowment spending rate Finance Annual
Annual reported spending rate Finance Annual
Endowment market value per student Institutional Research Annual
Endowment MV per student - peer rank Institutional Research Annual
Composite financial index   Institutional Research Annual
Net operating revenues ratio Finance Annual
Average annual cost collegecost.ed.gov Annual
Loan default rate collegecost.ed.gov Annual
Median borrowing collegecost.ed.gov Annual
F3-G4. Union will preserve and renovate campus facilities in accordance with our commitment to sustainability, climate neutrality, a campus plan and the spirit of Joseph Ramée.
Accumulated depreciation Institutional Research Annual
Depreciation expense Institutional Research Annual
Age of Plant (years) Institutional Research Annual
HEDS 18: Satisfaction with class/lab facilities Institutional Research Two years in three
Peers Institutional Research Two years in three
HEDS 18: Satisfaction with computer facilities Institutional Research Two years in three
Peers Institutional Research Two years in three
HEDS 18: Satisfaction with library facilities Institutional Research Two years in three
Peers Institutional Research Two years in three
HEDS 18: Satisfaction with Reamer facilities Institutional Research Two years in three
Peers Institutional Research Two years in three
HEDS 18: Satisfaction with recreation facilities Institutional Research Two years in three
Peers Institutional Research Two years in three
Gross carbon emissions, scope 1 Facilities Services Annual
Gross carbon emissions, all scopes Facilities Services Annual
Green power generation, kwh Facilities Services Annual
Natural gas consumption (MMBTU) Facilities Services Annual
Purchased electricity, million kilowatt-hours Facilities Services Annual
Waste (tons) Facilities Services Annual
Recycling (tons) Facilities Services Annual
Composting (tons) Facilities Services Annual

Section D1: An Academic Village That Reflects the Diversity of our World

D1-G1. Union students live and work in an academic and social environment where close relationships flourish and endure and where they receive highly personal instruction and care.
Student/faculty ratio Institutional Research Annual
Percent of classes under 20 Institutional Research Annual
NSSE #13c: "Quality of faculty relationships" Institutional Research Every third year
Peer seniors Institutional Research Every third year
NSSE #13b: Academic advisors relationships Institutional Research Every third year
Peer seniors Institutional Research Every third year
NSSE #8c: student services staff relationships Institutional Research Every third year
Peer seniors Institutional Research Every third year
NSSE #13c: "other staff relationships" Institutional Research Every third year
Peer seniors Institutional Research Every third year
NSSE #18: Satisfaction with educational experience Institutional Research Every third year
Peer seniors Institutional Research Every third year
NSSE #14: Would you attend Union again Institutional Research Every third year
Peer seniors Institutional Research Every third year
HEDS 10: Would you attend Union again Institutional Research Two years in three
Peer seniors Institutional Research Two years in three
HEDS 17: Overall satisfaction with education Institutional Research Two years in three
Peers Institutional Research Two years in three
D1-G2. Union will grow and sustain a diverse and inclusive community of faculty, administrators, staff, and students
Number of faculty Institutional Research Annual
Number of FTE faculty Institutional Research Annual
Percent female faculty Institutional Research Annual
Percent Native faculty Institutional Research Annual
Percent Asian faculty Institutional Research Annual
Percent black faculty Institutional Research Annual
Percent Hispanic faculty Institutional Research Annual
Percent PI faculty Institutional Research Annual
Percent multi-race faculty Institutional Research Annual
Percent white faculty Institutional Research Annual
Percent unknown race faculty Institutional Research Annual
Percent international faculty Institutional Research Annual
Total administrators Institutional Research Annual
Percent female admin Institutional Research Annual
Percent Native admin Institutional Research Annual
Percent Asian admin Institutional Research Annual
Percent black admin Institutional Research Annual
Percent Hispanic admin Institutional Research Annual
Percent PI admin Institutional Research Annual
Percent multi-race admin Institutional Research Annual
Percent white admin Institutional Research Annual
Percent unknown race admin Institutional Research Annual
Percent international admin Institutional Research Annual
Total staff Institutional Research Annual
Percent female staff Institutional Research Annual
Percent Native staff Institutional Research Annual
Percent Asian staff Institutional Research Annual
Percent black staff Institutional Research Annual
Percent Hispanic staff Institutional Research Annual
Percent PI staff Institutional Research Annual
Percent multi-race staff Institutional Research Annual
Percent white staff Institutional Research Annual
Percent unknown race staff Institutional Research Annual
Percent international staff Institutional Research Annual
Overall first-year retention rate Institutional Research Annual
Male Institutional Research Annual
Female Institutional Research Annual
AA/Black Institutional Research Annual
Native Institutional Research Annual
Asian Institutional Research Annual
Pacific Islander Institutional Research Annual
Hispanic Institutional Research Annual
Two races Institutional Research Annual
White Institutional Research Annual
Race unknown Institutional Research Annual
International Institutional Research Annual
Disabilities Institutional Research Annual
Overall six-year graduation rate Institutional Research Annual
Male Institutional Research Annual
Female Institutional Research Annual
AA/Black Institutional Research Annual
Native Institutional Research Annual
Asian Institutional Research Annual
Pacific Islander Institutional Research Annual
Hispanic Institutional Research Annual
Two races Institutional Research Annual
White Institutional Research Annual
Race unknown Institutional Research Annual
International Institutional Research Annual
Disabilities Institutional Research Annual
D1-G3. Union students will develop and enhance their understanding of their own and others’ cultural dimensions of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other features of our diverse community.
# of programs on diversity Chief Diversity Officer Annual
Student attendance at programs on diversity Chief Diversity Officer Annual
Fac/admin attendance at programs on diversity Chief Diversity Officer Annual
NSSE #8a: Discussions with other race/ethnicity Institutional Research Every third year
Peer seniors Institutional Research Every third year
NSSE #8b: Discussions with other economic BG Institutional Research Every third year
Peer seniors Institutional Research Every third year
NSSE #1v: “Conversations with students ” Institutional Research Every third year
Peer seniors Institutional Research Every third year
NSSE #17g: Developing personal ethics Institutional Research Every third year
Peer seniors Institutional Research Every third year
NSSE #17h: Understanding people of other BGs Institutional Research Every third year
Peer seniors Institutional Research Every third year
HEDS: Old 13, new 7, religious group Institutional Research Two years in three
Peer seniors Institutional Research Two years in three
D1-G4. Union students will appreciate the significance of place as context for people’s lives and actions, both locally and globally.
 Percent of students studying abroad Institutional Research Annual
D1-G5. Union students will appreciate the importance of history for understanding the identities and perspectives of diverse peoples and places. 

Section D2: Integrating Thought and Action for the 21st Century

D2-G1. Union students will engage in disciplinary, interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches, and will have opportunities to learn at the intersection of fields of study.
Graduating class size Institutional Research Annual
Percent of declared majors that are IS Institutional Research Annual
% of students completing an ID major Institutional Research Annual
% of students completing a double major Institutional Research Annual
% students minoring outside  division of  major  Institutional Research Annual
NSSE #1i: “linking concepts across courses “ Institutional Research Every third year
Peer seniors Institutional Research Every third year
Number of multidisciplinary grants submitted Grants Office Annual
Funding rate of multidisciplinary grants Grants Office Annual
Percent of submitted grants that are MD Grants Office Annual
D2-G2. Union students will receive a broad and deep education that includes the full spectrum of disciplines, including the arts, humanities, social sciences, physical and natural sciences, mathematics and engineering.
NSSE #7h: “Culminating senior experience” Institutional Research Every third year
Peer seniors Institutional Research Every third year
% of students completing an IS major Institutional Research Annual
% of students completing an ID major Institutional Research Annual
% of students completing a double major Institutional Research Annual
% students minoring outside  division of  major  Institutional Research Annual
D2-G3. Union students will learn through a combination of theory and practice, using both critical thinking and expertise.
NSSE #2e: “Apply theories/concepts" Institutional Research Every third year
Peer seniors Institutional Research Every third year
D2-G4. Union students will develop a diverse set of skills that can be applied across a spectrum of disciplines and future careers.
NSSE #2c:  “Forming new idea from pieces”  Institutional Research Every third year
Peer seniors Institutional Research Every third year
NSSE #7a “Practicum, internship, field exp”  Institutional Research Every third year
Peer seniors Institutional Research Every third year
NSSE #11b “Acquiring job knowledge/skill” Institutional Research Every third year
Peer seniors Institutional Research Every third year
Percent of graduates employed Becker Career Center Annual
Percent of graduates in graduate programs Becker Career Center Annual
Percent of graduates on fellowships Becker Career Center Annual
Percent of graduates still seeking employment Becker Career Center Annual
Response rate for graduate employment survey Becker Career Center Annual
HEDS question: Off-campus internship Institutional Research Two years in three
Peer seniors Institutional Research Two years in three

Section D3: A Distinctive Past Connected to an Innovative and Creative Future

D3-G1. Union College will find inspiration in its history as well as in its rich roots in the region.
D3-G2. Members of the campus community will be creative and innovative in their respective fields of endeavor. 
NSSE #11m “Solving complex RW problems” Institutional Research Every third year
Peer seniors Institutional Research Every third year
D3-G3. Members of the campus community will be socially responsible in their activities.
NSSE #11o “Contributing to community”  Institutional Research Every third year
Peer seniors Institutional Research Every third year