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2 The new VSC Policy 101 Process Where we were Where we are Where we want to be

3 VSC Policy 101 Background Policy provided for periodic (every 5 years) review of academic programs Programs generated reports that were reviewed by Dean, President, VSC Committee, and Board of Trustees Report addressed program mission, enrollment, financial status, graduates, and many other things

4 The Problems with “Old” Policy 101 Process made programs feel they had to defend their programs’ existence, whereas purpose was program improvement Financial and other data were hard to obtain or understand or agree with Reports were cumbersome, and for nationally accredited programs, were duplicative Very few people participated (often only a department chair) or even knew about it There was almost no follow-up, so process seemed meaningless

5 What’s Being Done to Fix 101? VSC assembled a committee comprising all 5 colleges to overhaul the policy and procedures o Grant-funded effort by Davis Foundation o Pat Menchini, Leslie Hills, and Scott Sabol were Vermont Tech’s members Focus groups galvanized understanding of shortcomings and good parts of the process Policy 101 got rewritten and so did the template for writing reports

6 The “new” Policy 101 Focus on program review and continuous improvement plans (PReCIP) Educational/learning outcomes are the primary thrust o Punitive language and program cost-effectiveness no longer part of the process Report template simplified and clarified o Especially simple for accredited programs o More flexibility Improvements of review committees Emphasis on follow-up actions elevated

7 What’s Next? 2012 cycle will serve to test the new policy, report template, and follow-up actions All program members should feel comfortable with helping to develop the report Mentoring program, outcomes assessment, and other assistance still be developed through programs will help mentor the 2013 programs


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