HACC has received a warning from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education on its performance on three of the commission’s standards, according to a news release from the school.
The community college remains accredited while on warning, the release says. The standards in question are institutional assessment, assessment of general education, and assessment of student learning. The action is based on a report from the college covering 2007-2012, the release says.
The school has until Sept. 1, 2013, to document that has achieved and can sustain compliance in those areas, the release says.
“I am confident that HACC will meet these requirements,” HACC President John J. “Ski” Sygielski said in the news release. The college has been working to address the issues and develop an “organized and sustainable assessment process,” he said.
Here are somesteps the college says it has been taking:
- Course assessment started in 2007
- Office of Institutional Effectiveness established in 2011
- Office of Institutional Effectiveness reorganized
- Strategic Plan for Assessment is under way
- College-wide Assessment Committee established
- Faculty in-service presentations given
- Office of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management instituted assessments to measure student engagement for planning and improvement, such as a Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) conducted in fall 2012 and a Survey of Entering Student Engagement to be administered in spring 2013
These are some steps the college says it is taking to show that assessment information is used to improve teaching and learning:
- Learning outcomes revised in curriculum documents
- Assessment of student learning procedures set up to collect information and retain documentation of assessment activities
- Anecdotal evidence is being collected within disciplines and departments
- Procurement of assessment management software is moving forward
The commission is one of six regional higher education institution accrediting agencies in the nation.