SVCC HLC Self-Study Document

Sauk Valley Community College
HLC Self-Study Document

September 19-21, 2011

2C.3: Evaluation of Institutional Effectiveness

Within Sauk's various planning and evaluation processes, benchmarks are set and results reported in ways appropriate to the system:

The college measures its overall institutional effectiveness against ICCB benchmarks and the goals set by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) through two required reports, submitted annually to ICCB: the Underrepresented Groups Report and the Performance Report. Although these reports have gone through several transitions during the past few years as the IBHE has revised its goals, Sauk intends to dovetail the IBHE and ICCB benchmarking process with the Strategic Directions.

In the meantime, the FY11 revision to the college’s strategic planning system incorporated a new awareness that the college should be accountable to its own Strategic Goals in addition to those imposed by the state. To that end, meaningful institutional key performance indicators (KPI) were identified by OPIC and are articulated in the Strategic Directions. Sauk’s KPIs measure the success of the college’s overall efforts:

The KPIs represent an institution-level, measureable benchmark appropriate to the broad academic and fiscal charge of the college. They focus staff on Sauk's priorities and should make it easier to determine the extent to which Strategic Goals have been achieved. Although the first cycle of the FY11 planning system will not reach the point of measuring against these benchmarks until summer of 2011, the plan design calls for administration and OPIC to examine the current year rates against the prior year and a multi-year average. From that evaluation, Sauk will generate an annual report that will become the foundation for future planning, which will be published on the website (link to an appendixAppendix).