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Supporting Documentation for Standard Two

Supporting Documentation for Standard Two


General Requirements and Undergraduate Program

Required:

  1. Instruments and procedures used to measure educational program effectiveness.
  2. Inventory of documents that demonstrate the appraisal of educational program outcomes. The documents are to be available on campus for examination by the evaluation committee. Examples may include:
    • annual goals and assessment of success in their accomplishment;
    • studies of alumni and former students;
    • studies regarding effectiveness of programs and their graduates;
    • test comparisons that reveal beginning and ending competencies;
    • surveys of student satisfaction.
  3. Inventory of degree programs that have been added or deleted in the last five years.
  4. Number of degrees granted in each program for the last three years.
  5. Published statements or other written rationale for the general education program.

Required Exhibits:

  1. Statement of degree objectives for each degree program.
  2. Description of curriculum development bodies and advisory groups, with rules of procedure and recent minutes.
  3. Complete departmental or program self-studies prepared for part of this self-study.
  4. Evaluation forms and summary reports of student evaluations of faculty and courses.
  5. Self-study and evaluation committee reports from external reviews and the most recent professional accreditation visits and documentation of resulting actions.
  6. Criteria and procedures for admission and retention of students, maintenance of student records, and awarding of credit, including credit for prior experiential learning.
  7. Policies regarding transfer of credit, including articulation agreements with other institutions.
  8. Policies regarding remedial work.
  9. Descriptions of the materials and forms used in the academic advisement process.
  10. Grade distribution studies.
  11. Policies governing public service.

Suggested:

  1. Compilation of entering freshman student ability measures.
  2. Samples of course examinations and other instruments used to assess student achievement or competency and, when possible, available work products determined to be of different levels of quality.
  3. Funds devoted to research, if applicable, for each of the past three years; principal sources of such funds.

Graduate Program

Required:

  1. Copy of the Graduate Catalog.
  2. The information specified below is to be summarized separately, or, if it is contained in the Graduate Catalog, identified by page number(s):
    • all graduate degrees offered;
    • general graduate admissions requirements for master's degrees including the use of standardized tests, and special requirements by schools, departments, or degree programs if substantially different;
    • general graduate admissions requirements for doctoral degrees including the use of standardized tests, and special requirements by schools, departments, or degree programs if substantially different;
    • general graduation requirements for advanced degrees and special requirements schools, departments, or degree programs if substantially different; and
    • graduate faculty by schools or program.
  3. Inventory of documents or studies that demonstrate the assessment of outcomes for graduate programs. Examples on file for review by the evaluation committee may include:
    • studies of graduates or former students;
    • studies that indicate the degree of success with graduates obtaining employment fields relevant to their graduate education; surveys of student satisfaction;
    • review of internal program;
    • surveys of employer satisfaction; and
    • results of national ranking data.

Required Exhibits:

  1. Policy on the acceptance of graduate credit, including transfer credit.
  2. Policy on the granting of credit for internships, field experience, or clinical practice.

Continuing Education and Special Learning Activities

Required:

  1. Organizational charts which show the relationship of continuing education to various academic units of the institution, including the internal organization of the continuing education unit.
  2. Summary listing of off-campus programs, directors, sites, and enrollments.
  3. Policy and procedures for institutional approval of off-campus and special programs and courses.

Required Exhibits:

  1. Catalogs, brochures, announcements, and class schedules for special programs.
  2. Policies regarding the award of credit based on prior experiential learning, including distribution of credits, by term, for the past two years.
  3. Policies that address all elements of 2.A.10 regarding award of credit.
  4. List of all courses and programs taught by nontraditional instructional formats for the past three years, Indicating the course, type and duration of instruction, number of credits, enrollment, and location.
  5. Budgetary information and financial arrangements relating to continuing education and special learning activities.
  6. Studies demonstrating comparability of outcomes for courses or programs offered under concentrated or accelerated time frames, or other nontraditional instructional formats.
  7. Policies regarding admission, transfer of prior earned credit, credit by examination (e.g. College Level Examination Program [CLEP]), credit for prior experiential learning, credit by evaluation and residency requirements as they apply to external degrees, degree-completion programs, or special degrees.
  8. Sample transcript with explanation of codes showing designations for credit for prior experiential learning and non-degree credit.
  9. Contractual agreements with other institutions or travel agencies.
  10. Criteria and procedures for admission of students and awarding of credit; procedures for maintenance of student records.
  11. Catalogs, brochures, and announcements for continuing education courses and programs, and special learning activities.
  12. Criteria and procedures for registration of students and awarding of units; procedures for keeping student records.
  13. Procedures for involving appropriate institutional personnel in program approval and development.