SVCC HLC Self-Study Document

Sauk Valley Community College
HLC Self-Study Document

September 19-21, 2011

Index of Statements of Evidence

Headings throughout the self-study report are matched to one of the specific statements of evidence listed below. This index provides cross-references to the discussion of these specific statements about Sauk Valley Community College (SVCC).

Criterion 1: Mission and Integrity

Core Component 1A: SVCC’s mission documents are clear and articulate publicly the college’s commitments.

  • The Board of Trustees has adopted appropriate statements of mission, vision, values, goals, and organizational priorities that together clearly define SVCC’s mission. (Link to another section of the Self-Study1A.1)
  • SVCC regularly evaluates and, when appropriate, revises the Strategic Directions. (Link to another section of the Self-Study1A.2)
  • The Strategic Directions define the varied internal and external constituencies SVCC serves. (Link to another section of the Self-Study1A.3)
  • SVCC makes the Strategic Directions available to its internal and external constituencies. (Link to another section of the Self-Study1A.4)
  • The Strategic Directions clearly establish SVCC’s commitment to high academic standards and communicate them to the community. (Link to another section of the Self-Study1A.5)

Core Component 1B: In its mission documents, SVCC recognizes the diversity of its learners, other constituencies, and the greater society it serves.

  • The Strategic Directions affirm SVCC’s commitment to honor the dignity and worth of individuals. (Link to another section of the Self-Study1B.1)
  • In its mission documents, SVCC addresses diversity within the community values and common purposes it considers fundamental to its mission. (Link to another section of the Self-Study1B.2)

Core Component 1C: Understanding of and support for the mission pervade SVCC.

  • SVCC’s internal constituencies articulate the mission in the context of a learning organization. (Link to another section of the Self-Study1C.1)
  • SVCC’s budgeting priorities flow from and support the Strategic Directions. (Link to another section of the Self-Study1C.2)
  • SVCC’s strategic and tactical decisions are congruent with the Strategic Directions. (Link to another section of the Self-Study1C.3)

Core Component 1D: SVCC’s governance and administrative structures promote effective leadership and support collaborative processes that enable SVCC to fulfill its mission.

  • The Board enables SVCC’s chief administrative personnel to exercise effective leadership. (Link to another section of the Self-Study1D.1)
  • The distribution of responsibilities and commitment to mission as defined in government structures, processes and activities is understood and is implemented through delegated authority. (Link to another section of the Self-Study1D.2)
  • People within the governance and administrative structures are appropriately qualified to carry out their defined responsibilities. (Link to another section of the Self-Study1D.3)
  • Faculty and other academic leaders share responsibilities for the coherence of the curriculum and the integrity of academic processes. (Link to another section of the Self-Study1D.4)
  • Effective communication facilitates governance processes and activities. (Link to another section of the Self-Study1D.5)
  • SVCC evaluates its structures and processes regularly and strengthens them as needed. (Link to another section of the Self-Study1D.6)

Core Component 1E: SVCC upholds and protects its integrity.

  • The Board exercises its responsibility to the public to ensure that SVCC operates legally, responsibly and with fiscal honesty. (Link to another section of the Self-Study1E.1)
  • SVCC understands and abides by local, state and federal laws and regulations applicable to it. (Link to another section of the Self-Study1E.2)
  • SVCC implements clear and fair policies regarding the rights and responsibilities of each of its internal constituents. (Link to another section of the Self-Study1E.3)
  • SVCC’s structures and processes allow it to ensure the integrity and fairness of its auxiliary services. (Link to another section of the Self-Study1E.4)
  • SVCC deals fairly with its external constituents. (Link to another section of the Self-Study1E.5)
  • SVCC presents itself accurately and honestly to the public. (Link to another section of the Self-Study1E.6)
  • SVCC documents timely response to complaints and grievances, particularly those of students. (Link to another section of the Self-Study1E.7)

Criterion 2: Preparing for the Future

Core Component 2A: SVCC realistically prepares for a future shaped by multiple societal and economic trends.

  • SVCC’s planning documents reflect a sound understanding of SVCC’s current capacity. (Link to another section of the Self-Study2A.1)
  • SVCC’s planning documents demonstrate that effective environmental scanning includes attention to emerging factors. (Link to another section of the Self-Study2A.2)
  • SVCC identifies authority for decision-making about organizational goals. (Link to another section of the Self-Study2A.3)
  • SVCC’s planning documents show careful attention to SVCC’s function in a multicultural society. (Link to another section of the Self-Study2A.4)
  • SVCC’S environment is supportive of innovation and change. (Link to another section of the Self-Study2A.5)

Core Component 2B: SVCC’s resource base supports its educational programs and its plans for maintaining and strengthening their quality in the future.

  • The planning system includes measures by which it evaluates whether it has met its goals. (Link to another section of the Self-Study2B.1)
  • SVCC’s planning processes are flexible enough to respond to unanticipated needs for program reallocation, downsizing, or growth. (Link to another section of the Self-Study2B.2)
  • Plans for resource development and allocation document an organizational commitment to maintaining and strengthening the quality of the education it provides. (Link to another section of the Self-Study2B.3)
  • SVCC plans for a resource base that can support mission-driven educational programs and services. (Link to another section of the Self-Study2B.4)
  • SVCC’s history of financial resource development and spending documents a forward-looking concern for ensuring educational quality. (Link to another section of the Self-Study2B.5)
  • SVCC supports and maintains initiatives to enable and maintain student enrollment. (Link to another section of the Self-Study2B.6)
  • SVCC uses its human resources effectively. (Link to another section of the Self-Study2B.7)
  • SVCC develops its human resources to meet future challenges. (Link to another section of the Self-Study2B.8)

Core Component 2C: SVCC’s ongoing evaluation and assessment processes provide reliable evidence of institutional effectiveness that clearly informs strategies for continuous improvement.

  • SVCC maintains effective systems for collecting, analyzing, and linking organizational information to support continuous improvement. (Link to another section of the Self-Study2C.1)
  • Periodic reviews of academic and administrative subunits contribute to improvement of SVCC. (Link to another section of the Self-Study2C.2)
  • SVCC demonstrates that its evaluation processes provide evidence that its performance meets the stated expectations for institutional effectiveness. (Link to another section of the Self-Study2C.3)
  • SVCC provides adequate support for its planning and assessment processes. (Link to another section of the Self-Study2C.4)

Core Component 2D: All levels of planning align with SVCC's mission, thereby enhancing its capacity to fulfill that mission.

  • Coordinated planning processes center on the mission documents and link with the budgeting process. (Link to another section of the Self-Study2D.1)
  • Implementation of SVCC's planning is evident in its operations. (Link to another section of the Self-Study2D.2)
  • Long-range strategic planning processes allow for reprioritization of goals when necessary because of changing environments. (Link to another section of the Self-Study2D.3)
  • Planning processes involve internal constituents in a culture of shared-governance and, when appropriate, external constituents. (Link to another section of the Self-Study2D.4)

Criterion 3: Student Learning and Effective Teaching

Core Component 3A: SVCC's goals for student learning outcomes are clearly stated for each educational program and make effective assessment possible.

  • Faculty define expected student learning outcomes and create the strategies to determine whether those outcomes are achieved. (Link to another section of the Self-Study3A.1)
  • SVCC clearly differentiates its learning goals for all educational offerings in a way that makes systematic assessment possible.(Link to another section of the Self-Study3A.2)
  • SVCC clearly differentiates its learning goals by identifying the expected learning outcomes for each course, each program and area, and for the institution. (Link to another section of the Self-Study3A.3)
  • Assessment of student learning collects evidence from multiple direct and indirect measures of student learning from both internal and external sources. (Link to another section of the Self-Study3A.4)
  • Results obtained through assessment of student learning are available to appropriate constituencies, including students. (Link to another section of the Self-Study3A.5)
  • Faculty and administrators routinely review the effectiveness of SVCC’s program to assess student learning. (Link to another section of the Self-Study3A.6)

Core Component 3B: SVCC values and supports effective teaching.

  • Qualified faculty determine curricular content and strategies for instruction. (Link to another section of the Self-Study3B.1)
  • SVCC supports professional development designed to improve teaching and learning. (Link to another section of the Self-Study3B.2)
  • SVCC evaluates teaching and recognizes effective teaching. (Link to another section of the Self-Study3B.3)
  • SVCC supports faculty in keeping abreast of technological advances related to teaching and learning that can positively affect student learning and the delivery of instruction. (Link to another section of the Self-Study3B.4)
  • Budgeting priorities reflect that improvement in teaching and learning, especially as it relates to technology innovations, is of value to SVCC. (Link to another section of the Self-Study3B.5)

Core Component 3C: SVCC creates effective learning environments.

  • SVCC creates learning environments that expand access to education for a diverse community. (Link to another section of the Self-Study3C.1)
  • SVCC provides a campus environment that supports the interaction of a diverse student population with faculty and with each other. (Link to another section of the Self-Study3C.2)
  • Advising programs focus on student success, including the mastery of academic skills. (Link to another section of the Self-Study3C.3)
  • SVCC provides systems and programs to support students in overcoming barriers to their learning opportunities throughout their experience. (Link to another section of the Self-Study3C.4)
  • SVCC provides learning environments that support underprepared students. (Link to another section of the Self-Study3C.5)
  • SVCC employs technologies that enhance effective learning environments for students. (Link to another section of the Self-Study3C.6)
  • SVCC's assessment and planning systems include regular review of whether its educational services enhance student learning and inform improvements across the institution. (Link to another section of the Self-Study3C.7)

Core Component 3D: SVCC's learning resources support student learning and effective teaching.

  • SVCC maintains facilities necessary to support learning and teaching. (Link to another section of the Self-Study3D.1)
  • SVCC maintains resources necessary to support learning and teaching. (Link to another section of the Self-Study3D.2)
  • SVCC regularly evaluates the use of its learning resources to enhance student learning and effective teaching and incorporates these findings in its planning processes. (Link to another section of the Self-Study3D.3)
  • SVCC makes improvements to its resources based on data gathered in the planning process. (Link to another section of the Self-Study3D.4)

Criterion 4: Acquisition, Discovery, and Application of Knowledge

Core Component 4A: SVCC demonstrates, through the actions of its board, administrators, students, faculty, and staff, that it values a life of learning.

  • College policies support freedom of inquiry for faculty and students. (Link to another section of the Self-Study4A.1)
  • SVCC’s planning and pattern of financial allocation demonstrate that it values and promotes a life of learning for its board of trustees, faculty and staff. (Link to another section of the Self-Study4A.2)
  • The faculty and students of SVCC produce scholarship and create knowledge through research in ways appropriate to its mission. (Link to another section of the Self-Study4A.3)
  • SVCC recognizes student accomplishment. (Link to another section of the Self-Study4A.4)
  • SVCC recognizes employee accomplishment. (Link to another section of the Self-Study4A.5)

Core Component 4B: SVCC demonstrates that acquisition of a breadth of knowledge and skills and the exercise of intellectual inquiry are integral to its educational programs.

  • SVCC integrates general education into all of its degree programs through learning outcomes intentionally created to develop the attitudes and skills requisite for life in modern society. (Link to another section of the Self-Study4B.1)
  • SVCC regularly reviews the relationship between its Strategic Directions and the effectiveness of its general education. (Link to another section of the Self-Study4B.2)
  • SVCC demonstrates a commitment to underprepared learners through learning outcomes intentionally created to develop the attitudes and skills requisite to success in college-level studies and life-long learning. (Link to another section of the Self-Study4B.3)
  • SVCC demonstrates the linkages between curricular and co-curricular activities that support its learning outcomes. (Link to another section of the Self-Study4B.4)
  • Learning outcomes demonstrate effective preparation for continued learning or occupational skills. (Link to another section of the Self-Study4B.5)

Core Component 4C: SVCC assesses the usefulness of its curricula to students who will live and work in a global, diverse, and technological society.

  • Regular academic program reviews include attention to currency and relevance of courses and programs, including input provided by stakeholders. (Link to another section of the Self-Study4C.1)
  • SVCC regularly seeks external confirmation of the efficacy of its academic programs and courses. (Link to another section of the Self-Study4C.2)
  • Learning outcomes document that graduates have gained the behaviors that faculty have determined are essential to succeeding outside the institution. (Link to another section of the Self-Study4C.3)
  • SVCC provides curricular and co-curricular opportunities that promote social responsibility. (Link to another section of the Self-Study4C.4)

Core Component 4D: SVCC provides support to ensure that faculty, students, and staff acquire, discover, and apply knowledge responsibly.

  • SVCC maintains policies and practices which ensure academic integrity in the discovery and use of knowledge. (Link to another section of the Self-Study4D.1)
  • SVCC provides effective oversight to ensure the responsible use of technology and information services. (Link to another section of the Self-Study4D.2)
  • SVCC provides effective oversight and support services to ensure the integrity of research and practice conducted by its students and faculty. (Link to another section of the Self-Study4D.3)

Criterion 5: Engagement and Service

Core Component 5A: SVCC learns from the constituencies it serves and analyzes its capacity to serve their needs and expectations.

  • SVCC extends its capacity for service through its planning, allocation of resources, and leveraging of outside funds. (Link to another section of the Self-Study5A.1)
  • SVCC demonstrates attention to diversity in its community. (Link to another section of the Self-Study5A.2)
  • When responding to external constituencies, SVCC is well-served by its outreach programs. (Link to another section of the Self-Study5A.3)

Core Component 5B: SVCC has the capacity and the commitment to engage with its identified constituencies and communities.

  • SVCC uses both formal and informal communication processes to effectively connect with its external constituencies and connects this information into its planning process. (Link to another section of the Self-Study5B.1)
  • SVCC maintains connections to community organizations and the public. (Link to another section of the Self-Study5B.2)
  • SVCC's co-curricular and academic activities connect with external communities. (Link to another section of the Self-Study5B.3)
  • SVCC makes its facilities available for a variety of community purposes. (Link to another section of the Self-Study5B.4)

Core Component 5C: SVCC demonstrates its responsiveness to those constituencies that depend on it for service.

  • Collaborative ventures exist with education sectors and other higher learning organizations. (Link to another section of the Self-Study5C.1)
  • SVCC's transfer policies and practices create an environment supportive of the mobility of learners. (Link to another section of the Self-Study5C.2)
  • SVCC's programs of engagement give evidence of building effective bridges to diverse communities. (Link to another section of the Self-Study5C.3)
  • SVCC participates in local partnerships focused on shared goals. (Link to another section of the Self-Study5C.4)

Core Component 5D: Internal and external constituencies value the services SVCC provides.

  • SVCC's evaluation of services involves its students. (Link to another section of the Self-Study5D.1)
  • Service programs and student, faculty, and staff volunteer activities are well-received by the communities served. (Link to another section of the Self-Study5D.2)
  • SVCC's evaluation of services involves the community. (Link to another section of the Self-Study5D.3)
  • Community officials and leaders testify to the value of SVCC to the district. (link to an another section of the report5D.4)
  • SVCC's workforce development activities are valued by business leaders. (Link to another section of the Self-Study5D.5)
  • SVCC provides programs to meet the continuing education needs of licensed professionals in its community. (Link to another section of the Self-Study5D.6)