Institutional Effectiveness Policy

Approved By and Date:Board of Trustees02-20-2014
 Executive Leadership Team01-02-2014

Stanly Community College (SCC) is committed to the processes of routine assessment and data informed decision-making, conducted with the overall goal of continuous improvement. SCC uses a wide variety of assessment and planning endeavors to achieve its mission and move forward on institutional goals and strategic priorities. As a guide in determining the future direction of the institution and improving the quality of its educational offerings and support services, the College follows an institutional effectiveness model. This model provides the College with an orderly process for defining and reassessing the College's Mission Statement and institutional goals, not only at the college-wide level, but at all levels within the organization.

The Institutional Effectiveness Model at SCC is administered by the Institutional Effectiveness Council (IEC) made up of representatives from college administration, faculty, and staff and encompasses four primary areas that are assessed or re-evaluated on an annual basis:

  • Guiding Statements and Strategic Plan
  • Learning Evidence Assessment and Planning
  • Service Evidence Assessment and Planning
  • Institutional Annual Planning

In addition, as a member of the North Carolina Community College System, the institution also participates in state-wide annual Performance Measures Assessment, utilizes this data in the institution's Strategic Plan, and benchmarks to other successful community colleges in the NC system.

Institutional Effectiveness Procedures

Approved By and Date:Executive Leadership Team01-02-2014

1. Guiding Statements and Strategic Plan:

SCC will review its vision, Mission Statement, values, institutional priorities, and Strategic Plan on an annual basis. The institution may engage in a formal Strategic Planning process as needs warrant, but not less than once every five years. The College is committed to inviting broad based, campus wide feedback throughout the review process. To this end, the format and timeline of the review may change, however the review may include feedback from the Institutional Effectiveness Council, Faculty Senate, Staff Council, Instructional Core Team, and President's Executive Leadership Team. The Board of Trustees is responsible for the final review and approval of the vision, Mission Statement and Strategic Plan of the College.

2. Learning Evidence Assessment and Planning:

The institution's faculty members routinely establish expected student learning outcomes, assess the extent to which those outcomes are achieved, make planned improvements based on assessment results, and provide evidence of how those improvements impacted student learning. The faculty set course level student learning outcomes as well as program level outcomes and complete the above referenced cycle for both. The mechanics of the all faculty led learning evidence assessment and planning cycle is managed by the Learning Evidence Committee which is a sub-committee of the IEC.

The institution has also established a set of core general education outcomes. The SCC Learning Evidence Committee annually assesses and then uses that assessment data for decision making and improvements in not only the provision of general education content, but also the reinforcement of that content throughout the student's educational experience at the institution.

3. Service Evidence Assessment and Planning:

Units of the institution that serve students or other areas of the College undergo an annual assessment and planning process with the goal of continuously improving the quality of services rendered to students or to the college community as a whole. The service evidence assessment and planning cycle is administered by the Service Evidence Committee, a sub-committee of the IEC, whose membership is made up of key staff administrators responsible for the primary service provision areas of the institution. The cycle includes the establishment of planned outcomes, assessment strategies to measure success with those outcomes, and then a reporting of data and planned interventions for continuous improvement.

4. Institutional Annual Planning:

SCC engages in an annual planning process that aligns the College's Strategic Plan on the institutional level to the individual planning units' goals and projects for the upcoming year. The alignment achieved through the creation of annual plans links the endeavors of all units at the institution to the priorities identified in the Strategic Plan, assists in budget prioritizations, and ultimately ensures that SCC can achieve its mission. Annual plans for the upcoming academic year are created in the spring of each year with the cycle being closed for the previous year in June with the submission of a year-end report. The IEC has oversight authority for the annual planning process at the institution.