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Preparation for the 2007 NCA Accreditation Visit

Criterion Three: Student Learning and Effective Teaching*

The organization provides evidence of student learning and teaching effectiveness that demonstrates it is fulfilling its educational mission.

Core Component 3a

The organization's goals for student learning outcomes are clearly stated for each educational program and make effective assessment possible.

Examples of Evidence

  • the organization clearly differentiates its learning goals for undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate programs by identifying the expected learning outcomes for both.
  • assessment of student learning provides evidence at multiple levels: course, program and institutional
  • assessment of student learning includes multiple direct and indirect measures of student learning
  • results obtained through assessment of student learning are available to appropriate constituencies, including students themselves
  • the organization integrates into its processes for assessment of student learning and uses the data reported for purposes of external accountability (e.g. graduation rates, passage rates on licensing exams, placement rates, transfer rates).
  • the organization's assessment of student leaning extends to all educational offerings, including credit and noncredit certificate programs
  • faculty are involved in defining expected student learning outcomes and creating the strategies to determine whether those outcomes are achieved
  • faculty and administrators routinely review the effectiveness of the organization's programs to assess student learning

Core Component 3b

The organization values and support effective teaching

Examples of Evidence

  • qualified faculty determine curricular content and strategies for instruction
  • the organization supports professional development designed to facilitate teaching suited to varied learning environments
  • the organization provides services to support improved pedagogies
  • the organization demonstrates openness to innovative practices that enhance learning
  • the organization supports faculty in keeping abreast of the research on teaching and learning, and of technological advances that can positively affect student learning and the delivery of instruction
  • faculty members actively participate in professional organizations relevant to disciplines they teach

Core Component 3c

The organization creates effective learning environments

Examples of Evidence

  • assessment results inform improvements in curriculum. Pedagogy, instructional resources, and student services
  • the organization provides and environment that supports all learners and respects the diversity they bring
  • advising systems focus on student learning, including the mastery of skills required for academic success
  • student development programs support learning throughout the student's experience regardless of the location of the student
  • the organization employs, when appropriate, new technologies that enhance effective learning environments for students
  • the organization's systems of quality assurance include regular review of whether its educational strategies, activities, processes, and technologies enhance student learning

Core Component 3d

The organization's learning resources support student learning and effective teaching.

Examples of Evidence

  • the organization ensures access to the resources (such as research laboratories, libraries, performance spaces, clinical practice sites) necessary to support learning and teaching
  • the organization evaluates the use of its learning resources to enhance student learning and effective teaching
  • the organization regularly assesses the effectiveness of its learning resources to support learning and teaching
  • the organization supports students, staff, and faculty in using technology effectively
  • the organization provides effective staffing and support for its learning resources
  • the organization's systems and structures enable partnerships and innovations that enhance student learning and strengthen teaching effectiveness
  • budgeting priorities reflect that improvement in teaching and learning is a core value of the organization

Notes on Criterion Three

* All information quoted from The Higher Learning Commission Handbook of Accreditation, version 1:10/03