The central place that student learning takes at Sauk Valley Community College is established by board policy in a statement that expands upon the Mission Statement's commitment to provide "quality learning opportunities" (). In it, the board commits the institution to "the importance of assessing the impact and outcomes of its educational programming.''
The 2002 HLC Reaffirmation of Accreditation visit had brought to our attention that the college had not yet made the transition from the traditional teaching-focused perspective to the expected learning outcomes focus. Looking at what was undertaken in preparation for the 2006 Focused Visit, one long-time member of the faculty reflected that “Ultimately, the HLC team’s report inspired a transformation that has returned to the college much of the collaborative spirit in evidence during the early years.” She recalled that “the early days were marked by the kinds of creative and rewarding interactions that naturally transpire when building a new community.” Pinter, Karen. “A Reflection on Transformation.” SVCC Focused Visit Report to the Higher Learning Commission: Narrative Report, April 10-11, 2006.
Interaction underlies much of the content of this section of the self-study: interactions with and among students as they seek success in learning and reaching their goals; interaction among faculty as they seek to assess, understand, and improve student learning and their own teaching; interactions of support staff with students and faculty as they help foster learning. It is perhaps idealistic to suggest that the kinds of interactions in evidence are uniformly “creative and rewarding,” but there is no understatement in the idea that in the ten years since the HLC's comprehensive evaluation, the college culture has transformed in ways that have engaged the entire campus community in discussions about how to know how we’re doing and how to do it better, especially as it relates to our primary mission to bring about student learning.
Sauk Valley Community College asserts that it provides evidence of student learning and teaching effectiveness that demonstrates it is fulfilling its mission.