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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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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
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
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
impact on csn timeline
Impact on csn –timeline
    • 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
    • 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

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: