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Preparation for the 2007 NCA Accreditation Visit

Criterion Five: Engagement and Service*

As called for by its mission, the organization identifies its constituencies and serves them in ways both value.

Core Component 5a

The organization learns from the constituencies it serves and analyzes its capacity to serve their needs and expectations.

Examples of Evidence

  • the organization's commitments are shaped by its mission and its capacity to support these commitments
  • the organization practices periodic environmental scanning to understand the changing needs of its constituencies and their communities
  • the organization demonstrates attention to the diversity of the constituency it serves
  • the organization's outreach programs respond to identified community needs
  • in responding to external constituencies, the organization is well-served by programs such as continuing education, outreach, customized training, and extension services

Core Component 5b

The organization has the capacity and the commitment to engage with it identified constituencies and communities.

Examples of Evidence

  • the organization's structures and processes enable effective connections with its communities
  • the organization's cocurricular activities engage students, staff, administrators, and faculty with external communities
  • the organization's educational programs connect students with external communities
  • the organization's resources - physical, financial, and human - support effective programs of engagement and service
  • planning processes project ongoing engagement and service

Core Component 5c

The organization demonstrates its responsiveness to those constituencies that depend on it for service.

Examples of Evidence

  • collaborative ventures exist with other higher learning organizations and education sectors (e.g. K-12 partnerships, articulation arrangements, 2+2 programs)
  • the organization's transfer policies and practices create an environment supportive of the mobility of learners
  • community leaders testify to the usefulness of the organization's programs of engagement
  • the organization's programs of engagement give evidence of building effective bridges among diverse communities
  • the organization participates in partnerships focused on shared educational, economic, and social goals
  • the organization's partnerships and contractual arrangements uphold the organization's integrity

Core Component 5d

Internal and external constituencies value the services the organization provides.

Examples of Evidence

  • the organization's evaluation of services involves the constituencies served
  • service programs and student, faculty, and staff volunteer activities are well-received by the communities served
  • the organization's economic and workforce development activities are sought after and valued by civic and business leaders
  • external constituents participate in the organization's activities and cocurricular programs open to the public
  • the organization's facilities are available to and used by the community
  • the organization provides programs to meet continuing education needs of licensed professionals in its community

Notes on Criterion Five

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