Office of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness


Dowling College Mission Statement:

Dowling College is an independent comprehensive educational institution in the liberal arts tradition whose mission is to prepare students to succeed in a wide range of careers and creative pursuits. We prepare a diverse student population to lead and contribute to a global community through collaboration between an expert faculty and a dedicated staff, all of whom are devoted to a supportive, individualized learning environment

Office Mission Statement: The mission of the Office of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness is to create a culture of assessment at Dowling College by providing program faculty and AES unit staff with materials and support to determine their effectiveness in meeting the overall mission of Dowling College and needs of its students.

Office Objectives:

  1. To develop a comprehensive data collection and reporting system for academic programs and AES units.
  2. To develop a Dowling College institutional effectiveness plan.
  3. To create a unit web portal on the College website that will provide faculty and AES staff members with documents to support their ongoing assessment efforts and the results of the most recent assessment reports.
  4. To establish a series of annual meetings for program faculty, AES support unit staff, and the Dowling College community generally for the sharing of information about assessment results and progress toward accomplishing the mission and institutional goals of the College.

Dr. Patrick Johnson is currently Dean of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness at Dowling College. Before assuming this position he was Academic Chair in the School of Education at Dowling and Professor of Human Development and Learning and Secondary Education. Dr. Johnson received his doctorate in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before moving to Dowling, he was a senior fellow and Deputy Director of the Medical Research Division at the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. Prior to that he was a senior research associate at the Hispanic Research Center at Fordham University where he conducted research on culture and alcohol abuse supported by federal grants for over a decade.

Middle States Accreditation  

Middle States Commission on Higher Education
3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Telephone: (267) 284–5000

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is a voluntary, non-governmental, membership association that defines, maintains, and promotes educational excellence across institutions with diverse missions, student populations, and resources. The Commission is dedicated to quality assurance and improvement through accreditation via peer evaluation. Middle States accreditation instills public confidence in institutional mission, goals, performance, and resources through its rigorous accreditation standards and their enforcement.

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is the unit of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools that accredits degree-granting colleges and universities in the Middle States region, which includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and several locations internationally.

Results of the most recent Professional Development survey for faculty may be found under reports.

The second annual student satisfaction survey will be distributed early this spring and results will then be posted on this website.  

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Dr. Patrick Johnson
Dean of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness
President’s Office
631 244-1036