Learning for Life John A. Logan Self Study For Re Accreditation 2007 Higher Learning Commission North Central Association
Re-Accreditation • North Central Association – Higher Learning Commission • Voluntary peer review process • Critically evaluate College purposes and whether those purposes are being achieved.
Accreditation Required • Receive federal and state financial aid dollars and grants • Provide students transferable academic credit • Meet licensure requirements • Recruit quality students and faculty • Provide accountability to taxpayers
Important Questions • Are we doing what we say we are doing? • What are our strengths and our challenges? • How can we position ourselves for the future?
Self-Study Report Based On: • Surveys • Focus Groups • Advisory Groups • College Reports
John A. Logan College Mission "We are a diverse learning and teaching community committed to improving individual life and society through high-quality, accessible educational programs and engaged learning opportunities.” Vision “Learning for Life”
John A. Logan Mission Goals • To foster an environment where diverse individuals, groups, and views are valued. • To provide programs and services for lifelong learning that create and enhance opportunities for achieving career and personal goals in a changing society. • To serve with integrity and accountability as a model of institutional excellence. • To offer affordable programs and services enhanced by technology in an accessible and safe learning and working environment. • To be a center for intellectual, economic, cultural, and recreational resources for individuals and communities.
Five Criteria • Mission and Integrity • Preparing for the Future • Effective Teaching and Learning • Acquisition of Knowledge • Engagement and Service
Four Themes • Future-Oriented College • Focus on Learning College • Connected College • Distinctive College
Planning Documents • The Plan – Operational Plan • Technology Plan • Planning Council • Department Plans • Strategic Planning Initiative
Facility Growth 1997 - 2007 • $16.4 Million Building Project • Alongi Extension Center – Du Quoin • Community Health and Education Center (aquatics and aerobics) • Workforce Development & Construction Management • Teaching & Learning Center • Write Place
Instruction • Flexible Scheduling • Block, Fridays Only, Online • Dual Credit all 11 High Schools • Title III Grant $1.8 M • Increased articulations • Partnerships with colleges • SICCM, SIUC, McKendree, Illinois Eastern, SIUE, Mid-Continent, Franklin
Technology • Expanded wireless & bandwidth • Increased IT network & support staff • Upgraded administrative software • Added new services on the network (Scheduler +, STAIRS, WorkKeys, PassKeys, ASSET testing, COMPASS testing and more) • Instituted Microsoft campus agreement • Continually introduce security functions • 54 technology-enhanced classrooms • 8 more scheduled this year • Replacement schedule for computers & hardware • Access for extension campuses and CC&RR • 400 office and 750 lab computers
Student Services • Online registration/advisement 24/7 • Expanded student services • Increased personnel and extended times for registration • Increase in financial aid staff/space • APECS access to student and employee records
Human Resources • New hiring policy and procedures • Expanded tuition waivers for employees and senior citizens • Recognition of employee achievements (OPAC, Authors, Poets, Artwork, Service)
A Learning-Focused College • Assesses student learning • General Education Learning Outcomes • Assessment Academy – 4 years • Supports learning • Service Learning/Academic Clubs • Man Tra Con nursing labs (W.F., DuQ) • Increased focus on non-traditional groups (Maytag, TUMS) • Supports scholarship • Tuition waivers • Sabbaticals, mini-sabbaticals • Academic scholarship recognition
Focus on Learning • Creates the capacity for lifelong learning. • General Education Learning Outcomes • Aquatic/Aerobic Center • Lifelong Learning Conference • Literacy/ GED • Strengthens organizational planning. • Department Goals • Operational/Strategic Planning
A Connected College • Serves the common good • Workforce Development/Transfer • Employee participation in service • Resource for NCLB requirements • Serves constituents • Cultural events • Lifelong learning – all ages • Identified groups: high school, veterans, special needs • Creates a culture of service • Employees model service • Service Learning projects
Service • Collaborates • Regional Economic Development • K – 20 Education Groups/Partnerships • Cross-divisional collaboration • Assessment Academy • Man Tran Con Initiative/ Maytag • Engages in healthy internal communication • Campus Conversations • Newsletters, Publications • Postings to Intranet
A Distinctive College • Has an unambiguous mission • Quality Educational Programs • Lifelong Learning • Service to Region • Accessibility • Workforce Development • Appreciates diversity • All ages, ethnic groups • Is accountable • Financial Audits • Open Meetings/ Minutes • Business Processes
We Challenge Ourselves: • Develop a mission-driven strategic plan • Increase listening and communication with employee groups and key stakeholders • Decisions driven by Institutional priorities and careful planning
We Challenge Ourselves: • Develop a culture of assessment throughout the college • Provide professional development opportunities for all employee groups • Focus research and scholarship on teaching and learning
We Challenge Ourselves • More deliberate and proactive in reaching diverse groups in the community • Institutional commitment to service learning and community engagement • Support for new programs & established programs
Consultant-Evaluator Team • Six Members • February 5 – 7 • Focus Groups • Students and Faculty • Staff Personnel • Administrators • Distance Learning • Planning/Budgeting
Mr. David K. Ho Team Chair Metropolitan Community College Management Instructor Omaha, Nebraska
Dr. Steven M. Boettcher Team Member Estrella Mountain Community College Maricopa Community Colleges Mathematics Faculty & Assessment Coordinator Avondale, Arizona
Dr. Velvie Green Team Member Glendale Community College Maricopa Community Colleges President Glendale, Arizona
Dr. Patrick J. Nedry Team Member Monroe County Community College Professor, Business Division Monroe, Michigan
Ms. Donna S. Nance Team Member Oklahoma City Community College Vice President for Business & Finance Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Dr. Steven F. Murray Team Member Phillips Community College of The University of Arkansas Chancellor Helena, Arkansas
Wednesday Exit Conference • Meet with President Mees • Open meeting for all employees in the conference center • HLC Report to follow in a few months
Are You Ready? • Do you know the College mission and mission goals/core values? • Are you familiar with the JALC accreditation website? • Has your office or area prepared a “brag book” binder?
Important Questions to Think About • How do my job/actions contribute to the College Mission? • How do I promote student learning? • Do I provide a service? • Do I help eliminate barriers for students or faculty? • Do I do something specific to affect learning?
Questions • How does my input affect planning within my department? • How do I use data to make decisions? • How do I personally acquire new information/learning?
Questions • What benefits do I receive from the college to help me continue to learn and grow? • What do I do for the common good –civic engagement/community service?
Questions • What do you like about John A. Logan? • What needs improvement? • What do you value at John A. Logan College?
Accreditation Website www. jalc.edu/accreditation • Self-Study Reports 1997, 2007 • College Response to 1997 report • Feedback • Committees/ Minutes • Self-Study Timelines