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Revisions to the nwccu accreditation standards: what does it mean for me?. Purpose of today’s presentation. A little info about Institutional Accreditation Brief overview of New Standards Impact on CSN As an Institution For you/your functional area. About institutional accreditation.

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Revisions to the nwccu accreditation standards what does it mean for me

Revisions to the nwccu accreditation standards:what does it mean for me?


Purpose of today s presentation

Purpose of today’s presentation

  • A little info about Institutional Accreditation

  • Brief overview of New Standards

  • Impact on CSN

    • As an Institution

    • For you/your functional area


About institutional accreditation

About institutional accreditation


Purpose of institutional accreditation

Purpose of institutional accreditation

  • Intended to be a self-reflective process

  • Provides framework for institutional evaluation of strengths, weaknesses and achievements relative to criteria

  • Allows demonstration of institutional performance, integrity and quality to stakeholders

  • Allows for peer evaluation and feedback


Some terms defined

Some terms defined

  • Standards are the general criteria by which an institution is evaluated

    • Articulate elements of quality and effectiveness

  • Policies are part of the Standard and further define it

  • Core Themes are fundamental elements of our Institutional Mission that form our common purpose, guide planning, implementation of activities, and allocation of resources.

  • Institutions interpret the Standards, establish their own goals and outcome objectives, engage in self-study and share this with peer evaluators who provide external analysis of how well we’ve done


An illustration

An illustration

  • Standard Two—Resources and Capacity

    • 2 C.4: Degree programs, wherever offered and however delivered, demonstrate a coherent design with appropriate breadth, depth, sequencing of courses, and synthesis of learning. Admission and graduation requirements are clearly defined and widely published.

    • A policy would further contextualize (e.g. for distance delivery of courses, certificate and degree programs


Why were the standards revised

Why were the standards revised?

  • It’s been a long time….

  • NWCCU attempt to maintain currency with evolution of higher ed:

    • Increased collaboration/decreased siloing (provide means for reflection on alignment around Institutional mission, strategic plan and core themes—emphasize shared purpose)

    • Encourage identification, utilization of cross-functional relationships in institution


What the new standards do

What the new standards do

  • Link functional areas with core themes--helps us think in collaborative manner

    • Evaluation across institution—how do we all help to achieve goals, support core themes?

  • Requires that institutions engage in data driven decision making

    • Link data, planning and resource allocation

    • Heavier emphasis on outcomes, continuous measurement, and documented improvement


An overview of the new standards

An overview of the new standards


Overview of revised standards

Overview of revised standards

  • Standard One—Mission, Core Themes, & Expectations

  • Standard Two—Resources & Capacity

  • Standard Three—Planning & Implementation

  • Standard Four—Effectiveness & Improvement

  • Standard Five—Mission Fulfillment, Adaptation, & Sustainability


What s the impact on csn

What’s the impact on csn


Impact on csn timeline

Impact on csn –timeline

  • TIMELINE/SCHEDULE CHANGES

    • New schedule is septennial (7 year cycle)

    • Annual communication—each builds on prior; something is ‘due’ every two years—reduces interim visits (two site visits in new schedule)

    • 2011 is CSN’s first report

      • 2012: Year Three report & visit

      • 2014: Year Five report

      • 2015: Year Seven report & visit


Impact on csn working together

Impact on csn—working together

  • WE ALL IDENTIFY AND MEASURE OUR LINK TO CORE THEMES

    • Don’t have to link to every core theme

    • You still do it how you see fit (e.g. you still conduct assessment practices as you have)

    • Everyone measures and documents

    • May be asked to provide info on how you support other Standards

    • Strategic Plan and Deployment Plan are our guides—review them


Revisions to the nwccu accreditation standards what does it mean for me

Impact on you—we all assess, document, demonstrate

  • For Standard One (Mission, Core Themes, Expectations):

    • identify performance indicators relative to core themes (strategic plan does this)

    • Institution documents adoption and use of these

  • For Standard Two (Resources & Capacity):

    • Assesses major institutional functions, resources and structures relative to resources and capacity—can/are we attaining outcomes?


Impact on you we all assess document demonstrate

Impact on you—we all assess, document, demonstrate

  • For Standard Three (Planning & Implementation):

    • Must document evidence of strategic Institutional planning (all areas)

  • For Standard Four (Effectiveness & Improvement):

    • Must assess effectiveness and use of results for improvement—document assessment of core themes and progress toward attainment is new

  • For Standard Five (Mission Fulfillment, Adaptation & Sustainability):

    • Document expectations for evaluating fulfillment of institutional mission, monitoring operational environments to forecast and adapt to trends


Planning for upcoming changes

Planning for upcoming changes

  • Review the new Strategic Plan & Deployment Plan—these will inform our practices

  • Assessment: everyone has to assess and document on annual cycle

    • Those assessing need to add Core Theme link

    • Those not assessing will need to start this year

    • General Education Assessment continues

    • AA General Studies will need to have assessment protocol this year


Other evaluative activities that contribute

Other evaluative activities that contribute

  • Institutional Master Planning (Program Needs, Space Utilization)

  • Academic & Non-Academic Program Review

  • Upcoming Institutional Assessments mentioned (Customer Service, Climate)

  • Specialized program accreditation

  • Benchmark survey projects (CCSSE)

  • Homegrown surveys


Final thoughts

Final thoughts…

  • Look for trainings starting this fall for:

    • Those who’ve been assessing—adding in Core Themes

    • Those who’ve never assessed—how to get started

  • For more information on the Standards, process, etc., see the NWCCU site at: http://www.nwccu.org/


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