Standard I: Institutional Mission and Effectiveness
The institution demonstrates strong commitment to a mission that emphasizes
achievement of student learning and to communicating the mission internally
and externally. The institution uses analyses of quantitative and qualitative
data and analysis in an ongoing and systematic cycle of evaluation, integrated
planning, implementation, and re-evaluation to verify and improve the effectiveness
by which the mission is accomplished.
The institution has a statement of mission that defines the institution’s
broad educational purposes, its intended student population, and its commitment
to achieving student learning.
- The institution establishes student learning programs and services aligned
with its purposes, its character, and its student population.
- The mission statement is approved by the governing board and published.
- Using the institution's governance and decision-making processes, the
institution reviews its mission statement on a regular basis and revises
it as necessary.
- The institution’s mission is central to institutional planning and
- Improving Institutional Effectiveness
The institution demonstrates a conscious effort to produce and support
student learning, measures that learning, assesses how well learning is
occurring, and makes changes to improve student learning. The institution
also organizes its key processes and allocates its resources to effectively
support student learning. The institution demonstrates its effectiveness
by providing 1) evidence of the achievement of student learning outcomes
and 2) evidence of institution and program performance. The institution
uses ongoing and systematic evaluation and planning to refine its key processes
and improve student learning.
- The institution maintains an ongoing, collegial, self-reflective
dialogue about the continuous improvement of student learning and institutional
- The institution sets goals to improve its effectiveness consistent
with its stated purposes. The institution articulates its goals and states
the objectives derived from them in measurable terms so that the degree
to which they are achieved can be determined and widely discussed. The institutional
members understand these goals and work collaboratively toward their achievement.
- The institution assesses progress toward achieving its stated
goals and makes decisions regarding the improvement of institutional effectiveness
in an ongoing and systematic cycle of evaluation, integrated planning, resource
allocation, implementation, and re-evaluation. Evaluation is based on analyses
of both quantitative and qualitative data.
- The institution provides evidence that the planning process is
broad-based, offers opportunities for input by appropriate constituencies,
allocates necessary resources, and leads to improvement of institutional
- The institution uses documented assessment results to communicate
matters of quality assurance to appropriate constituencies.
- The institution assures the effectiveness of its ongoing planning
and resource allocation processes by systematically reviewing and modifying,
as appropriate, all parts of the cycle, including institutional and other
- The institution assesses its evaluation mechanisms through a
systematic review of their effectiveness in improving instructional programs,
student support services, and library and other learning support services.
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