Assessment Plan

Assessment for Duke NROTC

NROTC assessment of objectives is currently a combination of direct and indirect measures conducted both locally and by Commander, Naval Service Training Command (NSTC).

In addition to course grades, Duke NROTC utilizes midterm evaluations of courses and instructors as well as university-wide self-report instruments such as the standardized Student course evaluation system (SCE). We also track outcomes such as graduation with distinction rates.

In order to successfully achieve NROTC Program goals and allow continuous improvement, instructors mentor students and, as such, portray an upstanding academic, professional, and personal deportment. Mentorship includes academic instruction; professional training; monitoring of progression in university and Navy requirements; counseling on academic, personal, and professional standards; and motivating students in preparation for careers in the Naval services.

Accordingly, Duke NROTC instructors conduct the following:

  • Attend the NROTC/MMR Instructors’ Seminar (held each July) en route to or within a few months of reporting to Duke NROTC.
  • Provide formal, scheduled counseling and advising to NROTC students at a minimum of twice per academic term.
  • Be readily available to students during the normal working day. In all situations, the appropriate, confidential nature of personal and student information must be observed. The Duke NROTC instructor uses these counseling sessions and other situations to accomplish the following officer advisor responsibilities:
    • Assist students in setting realistic academic performance goals, as well as overall academic planning and course scheduling.
    • Assist students in evaluating academic performance against goals.
    • Counsel students on term and summer training aptitude evaluation results.
    • Closely monitor student performance on all NROTC Program requirements. Ensure calculus and physics requirements or mathematics and physical science requirements are met as appropriate.
    • Closely monitor performance in all professional requirements, including physical fitness, swimming, and weight control.
    • Provide information on NROTC regulations, student personnel administration, and NROTC Program requirements.
    • Maintain a Student Performance File containing detailed counseling/advising records and other required information.
  • Establish and use channels of communication with the appropriate NROTC Course Coordinator for interchange of course information.
  • Maintain comprehensive academic course files that include updated lesson plans, instructional resource listings, and academic records, including student grades and test files.

Each faculty member’s in-class performance is evaluated by the Professor of Naval Science (PNS) at least 1x per semester and by other NROTC faculty members at least 1x per semester.
In accordance with NSTCINST 5040.1, NROTC Command Inspection Program (CNET 5040.4E), Duke NROTC conducts triennial command self-inspections to assess material condition, management effectiveness, use of resources in support of mission objectives, and compliance with public law, contracts, directives, and instructions. Additionally, NSTC verifies the effectiveness and efficiency of the Duke NROTC Program annually and conducts scheduled and unscheduled visits to augment the self-inspections referenced above.