SVCC HLC Self-Study Document

Sauk Valley Community College
HLC Self-Study Document

September 19-21, 2011

1C.1: Learning Organization Context

In 2006, the Focused Visit Report made clear that Sauk understood that success of its new systems required a context in which the Mission could be consistently understood and carried out. To that end, Terry O’Banion’s Learning College model had been adopted as the philosophy to provide the foundation for Sauk to become a learning organization that practiced continuous quality improvement. Through the period of change that followed, the system has proven itself able to meet the HLC Focused Visit Team expectations that it is “flexible enough to respond over time to changing needs.” While Sauk no longer claims to be operating under the O’Banion model, many of its principles have become embedded in the college community.

As a learning organization, Sauk’s strong commitment to continuous improvement can be evidenced in its policies and practices, as well as in the expectations of administrators, faculty, and staff: