Organization of the Report
The Focused Visit Report consists of this narrative section of
four descriptive chapters plus appendices of supporting evidence
under separate cover that shows how the College has met the
expectations of HLC for this visit:
- Chapter One introduces the reader to
Sauk Valley Community College, explains that the college adopted a
learning college model, and provides information about the
resulting institution-wide system structure on which both strategic
planning and assessment depend.
- Chapter Two addresses the strategic
planning focused visit expectations, combining evidence of our
achievement with description of how myriad separate processes
transformed into a comprehensive strategic planning cycle.
- Chapter Three addresses the
assessment focused visit expectations, combining evidence of our
achievement with description of how faculty, supported by
administration, have turned assessment into an institution-wide
activity that is able to impact strategic planning.
- Chapter Four is a conclusion that
describes how the College's adoption of the learning college model
is transforming the organizational culture beyond the scope of the
HLC directive for change, presents evidence that a Learning college
foundation is in place, and discusses plans for sustaining that
transformation into the future.
The Appendices contain evidence of the preparation for this
visit, much of which is referred to in the narrative. They are a
compilation of internal documents, graphic representations of
planning processes, and meeting minutes. Text references to
appended material are cross-referenced. Several of the most
critical components are highlighted below:
Appendix A is a reflection on the
benefits to our organizational culture that came from our efforts
to address the concerns which precipitated this focused visit.
Written by the College's senior faculty member, it provides
perspective on the impact on the institution of the transformation
wrought by the focused visit.
D is a full-sized, color version of the
Operational Planning and Improvement System Chart. This graphic
provides the initial conceptual foundation of how separate
institutional systems and component parts interrelate and on which
the resulting planning system was based.
Appendix F is the Planning System Timeline.
Development of this document has proven critical in ensuring that
the strategic planning system benefits from information across the
full spectrum of data available in the learning college and that
the cycle achieves continuity across academic and fiscal
Appendix M is the Strategic
Planning Procedures Manual, which documents the
accountabilities and processes of the College's strategic planning
process, and the 2005-2006 Strategic Plan.
Appendix N is the Academic
Assessment Plan, which spells out the
accountabilities and processes of the College's academic assessment
system, including the rationale for the selection of the system in
Appendix O is the
Academic Assessment Handbook for Faculty: An
Introduction to the System, a tool for instructors
which contains specific explanation of the assessment data