Assessment Plan/Organization

Additional Information

Helpful Links

Research Department

Contact info

Cynthia Sexton Proctor, M.S.,
DACC Chair
Phone 816.604.3455

Kristy Bishop, Ph.D.,
Director of Research and Assessment
Phone 816.604.1165

Melissa Giese, M.A.,
Senior Research Analyst
Phone 816.604.1492

 

 

HLC-Pathways at MCC

In 2010-11, Metropolitan Community College became one of several institutions selected by the Higher Learning Commission to participate in the Open Pathways Project. The Pathways project is a proposed new model for continued accreditation.

MCC has made great strides toward meeting these new goals. MCC’s reaccreditation date is scheduled for fall of 2015. As a result, our participation as a pioneer institution in the Pathways project led us to submit the Improvement Process component which was successfully completed in 2014. 

To learn more about MCC’s response to the Improvement Process - Pathways Project for Reaccreditation and current assessment efforts; see the following reports and DACC minutes for updates.

Quality Initiative Results

Academy for the Assessment of Student Learning - PDF

Sustainability Plan - PDF

Outcomes and Student Learning - PowerPoint

 

HLC-Open Pathways Project

The project consists of two complementary components: (1) the Assurance Process, and (2) the Improvement Process.

  1. Assurance Process
    The Assurance Process consists of ongoing review and monitoring. Each year, the College submits an Annual Institutional Data Update (AIDU) which allows the HLC to review financial and non-financial indicators and follow up as needed. The process also consists of a more formal review, occurring in years four and ten of the accreditation cycle. The Assurance is based on evidence that is compiled and stored electronically. The fourth-year review consists of analysis of the electronic evidence file and a telephone or video conference, if needed. The tenth-year review adds a campus visit.

  1. Improvement Process (Quality Initiative)
    To complete the Improvement Process, the institution designs a Quality Initiative based on its own needs. The Quality Initiative includes a proposal that outlines the project and details the expected outcomes. The proposal is reviewed by a set of peer reviewers. Once approval occurs, the initiative is implemented. In general, initiatives may begin in years 5 or 7 and must conclude by year 9 of the 10-year accreditation cycle. Because MCC is serving as a pioneer institution, and thus the time frame is significantly shortened, the MCC’s Quality Initiative does not need to be completed by 2012.

    The Quality Initiative also includes a report, prepared by the institution at the conclusion of the project. The report is reviewed, typically at a distance, by a peer review team. A campus visit may be requested by the institution. The peer review team writes a report and recommendations. It should be noted that no sanctions can arise from the Quality Initiative.
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