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1 Rejected! Rebounding From and Moving Forward Following a Monitoring Report Requirement

2 Presenters 2 Lisa Rainey Assistant to the Vice President for Instruction Harford Community College Deborah Cruise, Ph.D. Vice President for Student Development and Institutional Effectiveness Harford Community College

3 Shock – Rebound – Clarity Accreditation Reaffirmed; Monitoring Report In Shock! 2008 Attended P.D. sessions; moving forward Rebound and Get to Work! 2009 Implemented changes; Wrote Monitoring Report Strengthen and Clarify!

4 SHOCK! What happened? JUNE 2007 – PRR (Periodic Review Report) due to MSCHE NOVEMBER 2007 – Accreditation reaffirmed through PRR, but, MSCHE requests Monitoring Report... 4

5 SHOCK! What were we required to do? Document progress in the implementation of – (1)Standard 2 – a comprehensive institutional strategic plan, which links long-range planning with decision making and budgeting (2)Standards 7 & 14 – an organized, comprehensive, and sustained process for the assessment of institutional effectiveness and student learning outcomes, including the use of direct measures and evidence that assessment information is linked to strategic planning and used to improve teaching and learning 5

6 SHOCK! Recent Accreditation Actions 6 NOVEMBER 2007 – 41 Actions 22 Required no follow-up (9 were commended for quality) 18 Required Progress Letters 11 Required Monitoring Report (3 with visits) Standard 14 = 25 Standard 7 = 20 Standard 3 = 10 Standard 2 = 6

7 Rebound! Keep Moving Forward 7 Attended P.D. Sessions: President and Executive Staff attended MSCHE “Integrating Higher Education Planning & Assessment” HCC representatives attended MSCHE “Addressing Public Needs” accreditation update for Middle States member colleges “MSCHE Annual Conference” MSCHE “Fostering a Campus Culture of Assessment” VP began “SCUP Planning Institute” certification

8 Rebound! Communication 8 MSCHE Liaison/VP President Campus and Board of Trustees VPs Campus at Open Forum Posted on internal network drive for campus Faculty at Faculty P.D. Session Students through S.G.A.

9 Rebound! Strengthening Learning Outcomes Assessment - Standard 14 9 Assessment Plan  Updated in2008 and aligned with the Middle States Expectations for Assessing Student Learning (Student Learning Assessment- Options and Resources, Chapter 4 )  Breakout Sessions devoted to Student Learning Assessment and Program Goals Faculty Professional Development

10 10 Rebound! Strengthening Learning Outcomes Assessment - Standard 14 SLOA’s Student Learning Outcomes and Assessment (SLOA) Student Learning Outcomes and Assessment (SLOA) Tied to Academic Outcomes or Program Goals. Evidence that assessment information is shared and used to improve teaching and learning End of Year Reports/ Updates

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12 12 Rebound! Strengthening Learning Outcomes Assessment - Standard 14 Program Reviews Program reviews are completed in a 5 year cycle. Assessment processes are ongoing, systematic and sustainable. Course, certificate or program creation or modification. Curriculum Work

13 13 Strategic Plan, Academic Outcomes, Program Goals Assessment Plan Faculty Professional Development SLOA’s End of Year Reports/ Updates Curriculum Work Program Reviews

14 Rebound! Strengthening Standards 2 & 7 14 Implementation of new Strategic Plan Approved by Board of Trustees in August 2007 Unveiled at College Convocation in August 2007 All employees received a 3-ring S.P. binder College and community received slick S.P. brochure All new employees oriented to S.P. Strategic Planning Assessment Committee created Currently in 4 th year of 5-year S.P.

15 15 Rebound! Strengthening Standards 2 & 7

16 16 Rebound! Strengthening Standards 2 & 7 Planning – Budgeting – Assessing – Improving Time Line

17 Clarity! Writing the Report 17 Four main writers: Instruction – VP and Assistant VP Institutional Effectiveness – VP and Coord for Assess -Coordinated the work -Created outline using MSCHE guidance -Clarified systems/processes -Strengthen systems/processes -Documented system/processes

18 18 Clarity! Writing the Report Involved input from many areas: 27 appendices from Instruction Strategic Planning Committee, College Advisory Council, Finance, Institutional Research, President’s Executive Staff Academic Divisions Administrative and Service Units

19 Clarity! Writing the Report 19

20 Commendation from MSCHE 20 NOVEMBER 2009 – Monitoring Report accepted with commendation for progress: Middle States Commission on Higher Education acted to accept the monitoring report, to commend the institution for progress to date, and to request that the self-study, in preparation for the evaluation visit, document (1)ongoing implementation of a comprehensive institutional strategic plan that links long-range planning to decision- making and budgeting processes (Standard 2) and (2)ongoing implementation of an organized and sustained process to evaluate and improve student learning and institutional effectiveness (Standards 7 & 14).

21 Recent Accreditation Actions 21 JUNE 2010 – 27 Actions 6 required no follow-up 1 commended for quality 2 received no comments 3 had specific directions for PRR 78% Required Follow-Up: 16 required Progress Letters 5 required Monitoring Reports Standards 7 & 14 = most of them

22 Resources 22 Assessing Student Learning and Institutional Effectiveness: Understanding Middle States Expectations This brochure clarifies Middle States expectations regarding Standard 7: Institutional Assessment and Standard 14: Assessment of Student Learning in Characteristics of Excellence. (2005, 8 pgs). Student Learning Assessment: Options and Resources (2nd Edition, 2007) This handbook serves as a resource for institutions seeking a bridge between the Commission’s standards for accreditation and the practical daily challenges of assessment and continuous improvement. Characteristics of Excellence in Higher Education Edition Requirements of Affiliation and Standards of Accreditation [This edition applies to all institutions being evaluated in academic year and thereafter]. This edition contains the new Requirements of Affiliation that became effective March 1, 2009 (pages xii and xiii).

23 Presenter Contact 23 Lisa Rainey Assistant to the Vice President for Instruction Harford Community College Deborah Cruise, Ph.D. Vice President for Student Development and Institutional Effectiveness Harford Community College


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