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April 29, 2014 - How many days left??

Good morning!

How many days until our HLC site visit for Reaccreditation?   356 days!

Here are a few ideas on how you can prepare:

1)  Read the HLC Criteria for Accreditation. (http://www.iecc.edu/page.php?page=HLCV_ACRITRI)

2)  Know what your department is doing for assessment of student learning.  More importantly, how do you improve learning using your results?

3)  Log into Compliance Assist to read you department's information on assessment.  Is it current?  Does it reflect how your department has improved learning?


If you have any questions on Compliance Assist or Accreditation, please don't hesitate to contact me or one of the individuals on the Steering Committee:

Chris Cantwell
Rodney Ranes
Leann Hartleroad
Tara Buerster

We're all happy to answer your questions!  Have a great week!

 

April 15, 2014 - Data, data, data--who cares!

Good morning,

I just returned from the HLC Annual Conference, and as always I learned a lot.  The main message was this: 

You can collect all the data you want, but if you never use it, then it’s just a waste of time.

Turning that data into a plan to improve student learning is meaningful work.  It’s meaningful to us, and more importantly, it’s meaningful to our students.

Have a great week

 

April 8, 2014 - Adjunct Instructors

Last week I sent our latest review in which Dr. Mundhenk commended our efforts to work English adjunct into the assessment of learning outcomes.  In time, all adjunct need to be brought on board to assess learning outcomes in each discipline and CTE program.  A recent article in Community College Daily addressed this topic.  Interesting research and practices are referenced in the full article written by Matthew Dembicki (link below). 

Some noteworthy quotes from the article:

  • "Part-time faculty teach nearly 60 percent of community college courses nationwide, yet they are often not included in key activities to make them better teachers, such as orientation, professional development and discussions to improve student success, according to a new study."
  • "Hiring adjunct faculty started as a way to quickly bring in instructors with work experience to teach in certain in-demand programs, the report said. But now a growing reason colleges tap adjuncts is to help institutions keep down costs... "
  • According to Dembicki, "...adjuncts are usually on campus only to teach their classes, part-time teachers often don’t interact with other faculty and aren’t plugged into the college culture. As a result, they often don’t know about initiatives, are not invited to participate in discussions and are not provided professional development, according to the Center of Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE) research. "

 

Dembicki, M. (2014, April 7). Focusing on adjunct faculty to improve student success. Community

        College Daily. Retrieved from http://www.ccdaily.com/Pages/Campus-Issues/Focusing-on-adjunct-faculty-to-improve-student-success.aspx

Is there a way you can work with adjunct in your area to ensure they are helping our students achieve learning outcomes?

 
April 1, 2014 - Dazzled

Good News!   We received our review from the last update I submitted on IECC’s Students First! project.  The following comments are from Dr. Bob Mundhenk and Becky Timmons, our HLC Reviewers:

What are some strengths of this project/Academy work? Why are these strengths?

Becky’s comments:

  • It is great to see wide spread engagement of faculty, administration, and staff.
  • Adjunct faculty are an important part of the student learning environment.  Your choice to include the adjunct faculty in the assessment of ENG 1111 was wise, as well as the dual-credit faculty. This gives them guidance from the departments and faculty.
  • It was exciting to see how you used the results from the ENG 1111 Writing Assessment Results to improve student learning: recommendations for placement of students, when the courses needed to be offered, purchasing of Turn It In software, and the need for the plagiarism policy to be included on all course syllabi.

Dr. Mundhenk’s comments:

  • I'm particularly pleased about the integration of adjunct and dual-credit faculty in the work of assessment, not only because you're getting broader input but also because your rubrics make clear the learning priorities and criteria. I wish more schools would do this.
  • It's also wonderful that you have Financial Aid using the Critical Thinking rubric. In this case and in the case of the English adjuncts, you're making it clear that learning and its assessment are not the responsibility of full-time faculty alone.

What are some critical things to which the institution should pay attention as it plans its work for the next six months?

  • Are the assessment plans faculty created improving student learning? Where are the faculty in understanding student learning?
  • In the new HLC Criteria for Accreditation Criterion 4 B 1: The institution has clearly stated goals for student learning and effective processes for assessment of student learning and achievement of learning goals. Your next visit is next year. The Peer Reviewers will be looking at your program learning outcomes and assessment plans closely.
  • You have done some very good, very focused work, and your progress has been impressive. It's time, though, to expand more aggressively into CTE, not only to get learning outcomes established but also to get them mapped and assessed.

 

Other Suggestions:

We're both so dazzled by your work so far that we have no other suggestions.

You can’t get much better than your reviewers being “dazzled”!  I’ve attached the full report if you’d like to see all of their comments.  All of IECC should take pride in what we’ve accomplished and where we are heading in the future.  Thank you all for putting our Students First!!

 

February 25, 2014 - We are the Beekeepers

In light of our recent acceptance into the Academy of Student Persistence & Completion, I found this article very thought provoking.  Students completing their degrees and certificates changes their lives and benefits our society as a whole. 

"Educational institutions are like beekeepers," the report says. "While their principal aim is to provide education and raise people's incomes, in the process an array of external benefits are created. Students' health and lifestyles are improved, and society indirectly benefits just as orchard owners indirectly benefit from beekeepers." --Katherine Mangan

To read the full article, "Community Colleges Nourish Both Students and Society, Report Says", click the link below. 

http://chronicle.com/article/Community-Colleges-Nourish/144799/?cid=cc&utm_source=cc&utm_medium=en

 

February 11, 2014 - One Question

In a little over a year, we will be hosting the HLC Accreditation Peer Review Team for our site visit.  If one of them were to pull you aside and ask “What does your department do for assessment?”, could you answer them?
 
If you don’t know, now is the time to find out.  You can:
·         Ask your supervisor
·         Look in Compliance Assist
·         Contact your Students First Faculty Coordinator, Co-Curricular Team Member or myself
 
I’m confident we’ll be prepared to answer their questions in 2015!
Have a great week!

 

January 28, 2014 - Milemarker 2014

Are we there yet?
 
Nope....just a few more miles....
I'm posting our FINAL Assessment Academy update today.  Can I get an AMEN??!
We've just got a few more months, and the Students First Team will go to the Results Forum to present our FINAL report.
We will tell them what we've accomplished and how we will sustain this activity in the future.
So, I guess the answer to our question "Are we there yet?", is "Nope.  We'll always have a few more miles to cover....a few more outcomes to develop....a few more results to tell us what we need to do to keep improving our students' learning."
And, that's ok....because our mission is--
...."to offer exceptional education and services to change the lives of our students and strengthen our communities"....
 
Have a great week!

 

January 14, 2014 - Out With the Old, In with the New

Have you made any New Semester Resolutions?  Maybe a new way of doing things, or maybe a new method of delivery in the classroom, or maybe going to the LRC for a new research assignment of some kind...whatever it is, Good For You for trying something new!  Doing something new means you are working to improve on what was done before.  Awesome!

One OLD item we need to finish from last semester is the posting of CTE Program Outcomes.  All CTE programs (degrees and certificates) need to have outcomes developed and posted in Compliance Assist as soon as possible.  Many have accomplished this--THANK YOU!  If you haven't developed your outcomes, please contact your Faculty Coordinator.  They're happy to help you finish this important work so you can carry on with your semester.

Have a Great New Semester!

 

December 3, 2013 - Changes

The Pathways Accreditation Steering Committee attended an HLC Pathways Cohort meeting recently.  We learned more about what to expect as we approach our Comprehensive Evaluation and Site Visit on April 20-21, 2015.  There will be a few changes in procedure since our last visit.  These changes are in RED letters below: 

The Open Pathway Accreditation has two parts:  Quality Initiative (QI) Process and Quality Assurance Process.
The Quality Initiative Process involves:
1)  Completion of IECC's participation in the Assessment Academy.  (The results report will be submitted in spring/summer 2014.  We will receive a "check mark" that our QI was completed.   The QI process at that point will be finished.) 

The Quality Assurance Process involves:
1)  Review of the Assurance Argument written by IECC Steering & Reviewers Committees.  (This will be online and posted for the peer reviewers to read before the site visit.)

2)  Evaluation of Federal Compliance documentation online.          

3)  Review of the Evidence File online of documents referred to in the Assurance Argument.  (There will be no Resource Room.)

3)  Site Visit on April 20-21, 2015:

The VISIT will be much different from last time:

The Assurance Argument will be posted online 4 weeks before the visit.  The team of peer reviewers will have read about IECC and how we fulfill the criteria for accreditation before the actual visit on April 20-21, 2015. The team will only be at the colleges for 1 1/2 days, instead of 3. The team will be focused on meeting with various groups at each college and asking questions they might have from reading the Assurance Argument.  This is a time to confirm what they've already read.

Have a good week!

 

November 11, 2013 - Privilege

Just recently, LTC started a new program focusing on assessment with the faculty called “Assessment Fridays”.  Robert Conn remarked that the idea was to “put aside time to focus on assessment tasks, and feel good about the privilege of being an instructor at an HLC accredited institution.”

What an excellent idea!  But, why is it a privilege to be an HLC accredited institution?  Because HLC is about quality.  They care about how we serve our students…..and we do too!  Assessment is the foundation for KNOWING that we provide what the students need to complete a program and better their lives.

Every day, we offer quality instruction and support services to our students.  It makes good sense that at least once a week, we all set aside time to make sure our assessment work is being done to reflect that. 

Have a great week

 

October 30, 2013 - Results are in!

60 people responded to the question yesterday:

True or False:  IECC has developed a better understanding and undertaken a broad implementation of assessment of student learning across the institution.

Of course, the answer was TRUE and everyone got it right!

But, this was the interesting part—Out of the 60 people that responded:  33 were staff and 27 were faculty.  That is good evidence that assessment has been implemented and is better understood ACROSS the institution. 

Thanks to everyone who responded!

 

October 29, 2013 - True or False

I have a quiz question for you:

True or False:  IECC has developed a better understanding and undertaken a broad implementation of assessment of student learning across the institution.

Reply with your answer, and I’ll report the results tomorrow.

Have a good day!

 

October 22, 2013 - Assurance Argument

On November 8th, the Steering Committee and the Reviewer Committee will meet to review the first draft of the entire Assurance Argument for all five criteria.  They are as follows:

Criterion 1:  Mission

Criterion 2:  Integrity:  Ethical and Responsible Conduct

Criterion 3:  Teaching & Learning:  Quality, Resources, and Support

Criterion 4:  Teaching & Learning:  Evaluation and Improvement

Criterion 5:  Resources, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness

By midterm of next semester,  we’ll have a draft ready for everyone to review.  We’ll need everyone to read it and make suggestions for improvement. Thank you, as always, for your support as we move through this process. 

Have a good week

 

October 15, 2013 - Call for ideas

I'm currently writing the Assurance Argument for Criterion 4:  Teaching and Learning.  Would anyone have an example of how they've used assessment results to make improvements in learning?  This can be from Curricular Assessment (course or program) or Co-Curricular Assessment. 

I want to include several examples of the great things we've done throughout the District. 

Please include the following in your email to me:

1) couse number, program name or co-curricular area

2) brief summary of your assessment, results, and actions you took to improve learning (4-5 sentences would be perfect).

Thanks for your help!!

 

October 9, 2013 - WINNERS!!!!

Thanks to EVERYONE that participated in yesterday’s challenge—Where Do You Fit In? 

Congratulations to the winners! I'll be sending your gift ASAP!

 

October 8, 2013 - Where do you fit in?

On April 20-21, 2015, IECC will have their next Accreditation Site Visit with the Higher Learning Commission. They will be checking to make sure we fulfill all the Criteria for Accreditation.

Click here for a copy of the criteria for your reference (See p.5 of the publication).  It would be a good idea to print it and read through it.   Which criterion do you fulfill or support through your job or department?

Here’s the challenge:  Find which criterion and core component (i.e.-Criterion 4. Core component 4.A.1) that your job or your department fulfills and email me the answer.  Make sure to tell me your position and department, too. 

All the people who email me by 5pm today will be entered into a drawing. Tomorrow, I will draw out 10 names for prizes. 

Ready! Set! Good Luck!

Have a good week

 

September 24, 2013 - Working Together

Last week we held our 7th Annual Students First Co-Curricular Retreat. Some of the themes that came out during discussion were Retention, Communication, and Networking.  We all work together to keep our students and ensure their success.  Working together requires good, open communication.  We expect our students to communicate with us, and we need to communicate with each other in order to prevent duplicating efforts while offering exceptional service to our students and communities.

So--what can you do?  Glad you asked!!  On the homepage of Compliance Assist, you'll find the HLC Criteria for Accreditation and the General Education Outcomes.  Within Compliance Assist, under the Institution tab, you'll find the Strategic Plan.  By reviewing these plans, you might find something that you're already working on in your own department that could be tied to one of those initiatives.  Let me know if you do and I'll connect you with the right person.  By working together, we make a difference....

Have a great week!

How to log into Compliance Assist:

Log into Entrata.

Click on Compliance Assist (in menu on left side of Entrata page).

Click on Planning.  (Here you'll find the HLC Criteria and Gen Ed Outcomes).

Click on the Institution tab.

Make sure IECC is highlighted in the organizational chart to the left.

Click on the Strategic Plan tab.  

 

September 10, 2013 - Things to Read

Yesterday I posted two new items on the homepage of Compliance Assist:  the HLC Criteria and the General Education Outcomes.  I know you're already familiar with these items, but I put them on the homepage so you have access to the complete documents to review and print if you wish.

To get to the Compliance Assist homepage:

Go to Entrata.

Click on Compliance Assist.

Click on Planning.

You'll be at the homepage.

 

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me. 

Thanks, and have a great week!

 

September 3, 2013 - Results

The Steering Community continues to work on the Assurance Arguments for IECC's Open Pathway Accreditation coming up in 2015.  I'm glad we have some time before the visit so that we can continue to document how we use results to improve learning.

It's a circle that we must travel.  We improve learning through using results....and we will get better results when we improve learning......
Have a great week!

 

August 20, 2013 - Simple Message

Jason Hortin recently delivered a simple, powerful message pertaining to our assessment of student learning efforts:

SIMPLIFY—Don’t overcomplicate assessment.  Pare down.  Make it meaningful and manageable.

QUANTIFY—Collect data—use numbers to tell the story of learning in your area.

RECTIFY—Correct something if you’re finding that it’s not right.  Do you need to change something to improve learning?

SEMPER FI---Always Faithful….Remain faithful to measuring learning.  Our students are depending on us!!

Have a great start to the semester

 

May 7, 2013 - Congratulations!

I hope the semester is ending well for everyone.  It’s the time of year when awards are given for all kinds of accomplishments at each college—both to students and faculty.

I want to congratulate Laura Bruck and Dave Wilderman on being named Outstanding Transfer and Career & Technical Ed Faculty of the year at WVC.  These faculty were selected because they were the most active among the WVC faculty in course, program and General Ed assessment.  Scott Balding, Faculty Coordinator for Student Learning Assessment at WVC, was instrumental in setting up this award so that faculty were selected for high  performance in their work.  According to Matt Fowler, Laura and Dave will have the privilege of selecting 2 students to receive a scholarship in their names for next year.  What an awesome way to celebrate learning! 

Have a great week!

 

April 16, 2013 - HLC Meeeting

Last week a group from IECC attended the HLC Annual Meeting.  As always, we learned a lot and came home with more direction on what we should be doing to fulfill the Criteria for Accreditation. 

Some questions that we all need to consider:

  • Do all of our initiatives and activities align with our mission?  How do we provide excellence in teaching, learning, public service and economic development? 
  • How do we KNOW we provide excellence in all those areas?
  • Do all of our programs—co-curricular and curricular—have program outcomes?  Are we measuring them? 
  • Do we use the results/analysis from the assessment of those outcomes to improve student learning? 
  • Are adjuncts involved in assessment?  Are dual-credit faculty involved in assessment?
  • Does the Program Review process involve all the faculty and staff whose programs are being reviewed?  Do they have an active part in the process?
  • What changes can be/should be made in development education courses to help those students be successful and enroll in college courses?

If you’re like me, some of those questions brought about more questions.  Do we do it all?  But, that’s the beginning of change for the better….discovering areas of concern to make them stronger.  It’s an opportunity for progress and improvement.

Have a good week

 

March 26, 2013 - Roadmap for Learning

What should be taught in your program?  What should students learn in your program? 

Just because I set out to teach something, doesn’t mean it is learned.  So, how do I know something has been learned?

Outcomes are defined as the ACHIEVED result of learning.

Outcomes detail what the students should be able to demonstrate or know when they leave a class, course, or program.  All programs—whether curricular or co-curricular—should have outcomes. Outcomes serve as a road map that will guide what happens along the way in learning.  And, both the instructor and the student should have the roadmap.  Then, everyone knows the destination and can take part in arriving there. 

Are your students able to demonstrate what you’ve set out to teach them?  Do they know what they need to know as the enter the workplace?  Outcomes are the starting place to achieve both.

Have a good week

 

March 19, 2013 - Where is Gen Ed?

Where is General Education?  (Writing, Speech, Critical Thinking)

Where are those skills taught, learned and practiced?

Last week I participated in a conference call with two HLC Consultants and other institutions on “Assessing General Education”.  Several institutions reported on their practices.  A little nervous, I reported ours.  We have implemented a process fairly different from the other schools that were on the call.   But, I reported anyway—and, I’m glad I did.

We were commended for good practice by the HLC Consultants for making our Gen Ed Assessment about our students!

Some points they brought up:

  1.     Having all faculty involved in General Education Assessment allows them to assess Gen Ed Skills in the context of their course or program.   For instance, writing used in the field of nursing may be different from the writing practiced in psychology.  Students are able to practice skills useful to them in their future jobs.
  2.     Assessing outside the Gen Ed courses, ENG 1111 and SPE 1101, illustrates to the students that writing and speaking are important in all courses, programs, and occupations.
  3.     In regard to using the rubric in co-curricular areas, it will demonstrate to the students that what they learn and practice in the classroom will also benefit them in areas of their lives.

So, where is Gen Ed?  It’s taught in the classroom, but it can be and should be practiced everywhere.

Good job, IECC.  Keep up the GREAT WORK!

 

March 12, 2013 - Student-focused

The Students First Faculty Team recently attended a workshop where the Higher Learning Commission announced their expectations for Accreditation and Assessment. 

Their expectation is that we make Accreditation and Assessment about “Us”—Our Institution—Our students.  It should NOT be about pleasing HLC.

All the criteria for accreditation have an external focus—our students.  What we do each day….How we do it….When we do it…. it all needs to be about ensuring student success.  Wherever they are….in the classroom, in support services, in clubs or internships,.….we need to make sure they are learning.  If they are not, then we need to make adjustments. 

And we do. 

Because of those adjustments and changes, we are right on track for helping our students.  That’s what we’re all about.

Have a great week!

 

February 13, 2013 - Winners!

Thank you to all who participated in the HLC Criteria search yesterday!

 

February 12, 2013 - HLC Criteria 1.A

This week we’re going to do the criteria search a little differently. 

Email the exact description of HLC Criterion 1.A to me by 4:30pm today.  All names will be entered into a drawing.  Ten names will be drawn tomorrow, and those lucky winners will receive a gift.

  • Log in to Compliance Assist.
  • Go to PLANNING.
  • Click on INSTITUTION.
  • “IECC” Should be highlighted in the organizational chart on the left.  If not, click on IECC.
  • Click on the HLC CRITERIA Tab.
  • You will see the criteria list (#1-5), then the core components (ie—1.A).
  • Click on a specific criterion name or component name to see the description.

Good Luck!

 

January 29, 2013 - WINNERS!!!!

Thank you to everyone who sent answers—they were all correct! 

Thank you again for everyone’s participation.  Have a great week!

 

January 29, 2013 - 3 Give-aways

In the past weeks we’ve reviewed the HLC Criteria for Accreditation.  They can be found in Compliance Assist by following these instructions:

  • Log in to Compliance Assist.
  • Go to PLANNING.
  • Click on INSTITUTION.
  • “IECC” Should be highlighted in the organizational chart on the left.  If not, click on IECC.
  • Click on the HLC CRITERIA Tab.
  • You will see the criteria list (#1-5), then the core components (ie—1.A).
  • Click on a specific criterion name or component name to see the description.

The first 3 people to email me the exact description of HLC Criterion 4 will receive a gift.

 

January 22, 2013 - The Last One...

The last criterion in the Criteria for Accreditation….

Criterion Five:  Resources, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness

The institution’s resources, structures, and processes are sufficient to fulfill its mission, improve the quality of its educational offerings, and respond to future challenges and opportunities.  The institution plans for the future.

  • The institution’s resource base (Fiscal & Human Resources, Technological Infrastructure) supports its current educational programs and its plans for maintaining and strengthening their quality in the future. 
  • The institution’s governance and administrative structures (Governing Board, Administration, Faculty & Staff) promote effective leadership and support collaborative processes that enable the institution to fulfill its mission.
  • The institution engages in systematic and integrated planning. (Strategic Plan, Assessment, Enrollment Management Plan)
  • The institution works systematically to improve its performance. 

Criterion 5 is really about how the big picture of student success fits together.  In this criterion, our infrastructure, employees, policies and processes are the pieces that make up the IECC puzzle.  With one piece missing, the puzzle….the success of our students…..is incomplete.

Have a great week,

 

January 15, 2013 - More on Teaching and Learning

Teaching and Learning are central to our mission.  Teaching and Learning are central in the Criteria for Accreditation, as well. 

Criterion 4 speaks to each and every part of our institution…..

Criterion 4:  Teaching and Learning:  Evaluation and Improvement

The institution demonstrates responsibility for the quality of its educational programs, learning environments, and support services, and it evaluates their effectiveness for student learning through processes designed to promote continuous improvement.

 A lot goes into evaluation and improvement of our programs……

  • Program Review,  
  • Evaluation of transcripts, credits and success of graduates,
  • accreditation of programs by outside agencies,
  • Assessment of student learning, 
  • ongoing attention to retention, persistence and completion rates.

 Which piece are you responsible for?

 Have a great day

 

January 8, 2013 - Teaching and Learning

Last semester, we began looking at the criteria for accreditation.  Take a look at Criterion 3 below and find what applies to you and your department. 

Are we doing what’s called for in the criterion?

Criterion 3—Teaching and Learning:  Quality, Resources, and Support

The institution provides high quality education, wherever and however its offerings are delivered.

The institution’s degree programs are appropriate to higher education.

  • Courses and programs are current and require levels of performance by students appropriate to the degree or certificate awarded.
  • The institution articulates and differentiates learning goals for its programs;
  • Program quality and learning goals are consistent across all modes of delivery and all locations;

The institution demonstrates that the exercise of intellectual inquiry and acquisition, application and integration of broad learning and skills are integral to its educational programs.

  • The general education program is appropriate….
  • The institution articulates the purposes, content, and learning outcomes….
  • Every degree program offered engages students in collecting, analyzing and communicating information…
  • The institution recognizes the human and cultural diversity of the world in which students live and work…
  • The faculty and students contribute to scholarship, creative work, and the discovery of knowledge…

The institution has the faculty and staff needed for effective, high-quality programs and student services.

  • The institution has sufficient numbers and continuity of faculty members to carry out classroom and non-classroom roles….including oversight of curriculum, and involvement in assessment of student learning.
  • Instructors are appropriately credentialed….evaluated regularly….accessible for student inquiry…
  • Staff members are appropriately qualified, trained and supported in professional development…

The institution provides support for student learning and effective teaching.

  • The institution provides support services suited to the needs of the students…and learning support to address the academic needs of students…..
  • The institution provides academic advising…
  • The institution provides infrastructure and resources necessary to support effective teaching and learning…..
  • The institution provides to students guidance on and use of information resources….

 The institution fulfills the claims it makes for an enriched educational environment.

  • Co-curricular programs are suited to the mission and contribute to the educational experience of students…

 

December 11, 2012 - Thank you

To Everyone at IECC—

Thank you for your hard work in the past year learning a new software program and being diligent in your work to ensure our students are successful.  I hope all of you have a peaceful Christmas and wonderful New Year!

See you next year---

 

November 27, 2012 - Integrity

Last week, we looked at the first criterion for accreditation set forth by the Higher Learning Commission.  The second criterion covers the integrity of the institution. 

Criterion 2:  Integrity:  Ethical and Responsible Conduct

The institution acts with integrity; its conduct is ethical and responsible.

  • operates with integrity in its financial, academic, personnel, and auxiliary functions;
  • establishes and follows fair and ethical policies and processes for its governing board, administration, faculty, and staff.
  • presents itself clearly and completely to its students and to the public;
  • committed to freedom of expression and the pursuit of truth in teaching and learning;
  • ensures that faculty, students, and staff acquire, discover, and apply knowledge responsibly.

The governing board of the institution is sufficiently autonomous to make decisions in the best interest of the institution and to assure its integrity.

Have a good week

 

November 20, 2012 - Our Mission

The Pathways Reviewer Team and Steering Committee are beginning to put together information for their Assurance Arguments.  These Assurance Arguments will provide proof to HLC through documentation that IECC fulfills the Criteria for Accreditation.  The first criterion follows:

Criterion 1:  Mission

The institution’s mission is clear and articulated publicly; it guides the institution’s operations.

IECC’s Mission reads…..”The mission of Illinois Eastern Community Colleges District 529 is to provide excellence in teaching, learning, public service, and economic development.”

Mission statements are broad and encompass a great deal of activity.  Sometimes it’s hard to feel a personal connection to them.  So, how do you provide excellence?  How does the mission guide me?  Our mission becomes personal when we think about who we serve.    We work with students constantly on some level.  They work in our offices, they attend our classes, they walk by us in the hall.  Somehow—we all affect students through our daily work. 

And, their success depends on the excellence we provide.   

I hope you all have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

 

November 6, 2012 - New Login Procedure

In an effort to make login simpler, our IT department went through an authentication process with Campus Labs so that now when you go to the Compliance Assist website, our Entrata login screen appears.  From now on, you will use Entrata to log into Compliance Assist.  Once you log into Entrata, on the left side navigation under the “Employees” section you will see the new Compliance Assist link as shown below:

Logging in to Entrata...  Did you know you can log on to Entrata with your network account?  Just type your iecc.edu email address in for the userid and your network password.  example:  UserID: hnetkovskyn@iecc.edu and Password: <<network password-same as you log into your computer with>>.  You can also always use your Entrata specific userid and password.

Click on “Compliance Assist” and you’ll be taken into the site.  

 

October 30, 2012 - Using Results

The comment below is from one of our Reviewers in the HLC’s Assessment Academy.  This is from her recent review of Student’s First!:

The College(s) has been working very hard on the planning and implementing, which is really at the heart of the project.  However, I don’t think it is too soon to start the shift to using the data.  Even if what you have is imperfect and fragmented, encouraging people to “get messy” as they dig into what they get back is important.  I find that apparent failures (where the data doesn’t look like what you had hoped for, etc.) actually create the biggest space for really good discussion, as you can start digging into the “why” and the supporting evidence for hypotheses.  There usually aren’t any clear cut answers, but the value is in the discussion and the proposal of next steps.”          --Anne Austin, University of Arkansas

 Happy digging------

 

October 23, 2012 - Pathways Primer

Last week our Pathways Steering Committee attended the Higher Learning Commission Pathways Demonstration Project Meeting on Accreditation. Accreditation is changing--- It now has two parts—the Quality Initiative (QI) and the Assurance Argument.  They are completely separate.  The QI is a large-scale project in which the institution tackles an issue that they want to improve upon.

FIRST PART:

IECC’s Quality Initiative:   The HLC asked us to use the Assessment Academy as the QI as part of a pilot.  In the future, the QI will be a project of our choice. 

We’ll report on what we’ve accomplished in assessment and our plans for continuing improvement.

SECOND PART:

IECC’s Assurance Argument—The Accreditation Reviewer Team and Steering Team are working together now to write an argument on how we fulfill HLC’s five criteria for accreditation.  This argument is to be no longer than 35,000 words.  This is much shorter than the Self-study in the past, but must be no less powerful in its message.

Our visit is scheduled for Spring 2015.  Sounds like a long time away, but it takes time to put together an accurate picture of all we do to ensure student success.

Have a good week,

 

October 9, 2012 - Food for Thought

Earlier this Fall, Dr. Robert Mundhenk (HLC Consultant) attended our Students First! Co-Curricular Retreat.  In regards to learning, he said,

Every interaction with a student is an opportunity for teaching and learning.” 

It doesn’t matter whether it’s in a classroom, a financial aid office, or on a sidewalk on the way to the cafeteria……we ALL play a part in student learning and success.

Have a good week

 

September 26, 2012 - We have a winner!

Thank you to everyone who e-mailed the mission for the IT department yesterday!  I had a great response—But we did have someone who was super-quick on the draw…

Thanks, again, to everyone who participated.

 

September 25, 2012 - Give-away

Today, we’re going to see how good you are at getting into Compliance Assist and accessing information.  So—

The first person who e-mails the EXACT mission for the Information Technology department to me will receive a gift! 

Have a good day

 

September 18, 2012 - Belly Flops

Last Thursday and Friday, the Students First! Team hosted the 6th Annual Students First Co-Curricular Retreat.  It was the best one yet.  Lots of ideas were shared—Lots of brainstorming on the new upcoming Enrollment Management Plan being developed by the Presidents.  Our Presidents are interested in what we’re doing to help our students complete their degrees or programs. 

Enrollment Management Plan….new ideas…a new way of thinking…but it’s still about student success.  That is the one common thread that runs throughout all of our iniatives.

On Friday morning, we spent a good hour talking about moving forward, and Matt Fowler put it all into perspective…

You’re going to have to do some belly flops before you can do a swan dive.” 

That’s what we have to remember as things change….and they will always be changing.  We may do a belly flop, but before you know it, we’ll be doing exactly what we need to be doing to ensure our students and colleges are successful.

Thanks, and have a good week--- 

 

September 11, 2012 - ENG 1111

I’m going to switch gears on you today….I’d like you to look at Curricular Assessment.  Faculty are just beginning to use Compliance Assist this Fall.  Their training began in August and will conclude in December.  They will be posting General Education, Program and Course Assessment for each semester. 

Today, I’d like you to find the English/Communications Department.  They have course assessment posted for ENG 1111.

You know the drill…….this is going to be a little longer path to get to ENG 1111…..Ready?

Go to https://iecc.compliance-assist.com

Log in:  Username:  last name, first initial (ie—hnetkovskyn)

Password:  password1 (if you haven’t logged in yet, or your new password if you have logged in)

Click on Planning>Institution>Change your filter (upper right corner) to “All” fiscal years.

  • In the left pane, you’ll see our Organizational Chart.
  • Click on the “+” next to Curricular Departments,
  • click on the “+” next to Academic Disciplines,
  • then the “+” next to English/Communications,
  • then the “+” next to English Courses.
  • Click on ENG 1111.  You will find their course assessments in the window to the right.

Thanks for participating!  I hope you have a good week--

 

September 4, 2012 - TRiO

TRiO.......You already know they work with students before, during and after their time with us at IECC. 

TRiO is intent on helping students succeed in reaching their education goals.  In 2011, they found that 100% of surveyed students thought TRiO helped them reach their education goals.  You can see TRiO’s outcomes, results and plans in Compliance Assist.

On you mark....Get ready.....Log in and find TRiO!

  • Go to https://iecc.compliance-assist.com
  • Log in:  Username:  last name, first initial (ie—hnetkovskyn)
  • Password:  password1 (if you haven’t logged in yet, or your new password if you have)
  • Click on Planning>Institution>Change your filter (upper right corner) to “All”.
  • In the left pane, you’ll see our Organizational Chart.
  • Click on the “+” next to Co-Curricular Departments, then click on "TRiO".

Have a great week

 

August 28, 2012 - Adult Ed

One of the many benefits of Compliance Assist is the access we all have to information.  We have great work going on and we can all read about it.  Maybe even give comments, suggestions, or offer help from our area if it involves us. 

You need to take a look at Adult Ed….they’ve been busy. 

  • Go to https://iecc.compliance-assist.com
  • Log in:  Username:  last name, first initial (ie—hnetkovskyn)
  • Password:  password1 (if you haven’t logged in yet, or your new password if you have)
  • Click on Planning>Institution>Change your filter (upper right corner) to “All”.
  • In the left pane, you’ll see our Organizational Chart.
  • Click on the “+” next to Co-Curricular Departments>Adult Education.

Have fun “clicking” around…..and let me know if you have any questions!

 

August 21, 2012 - Have you logged in lately?

Have you logged in lately…to Compliance Assist? 

Maybe Tuesday should be the day that you log in to Compliance Assist to see what’s going on at IECC.  Logging in regularly—even if only once a week—can keep you acquainted with the system knowing where to go to find your department.  It also would give you a chance to check out other departments and see what they’re doing.   We have a lot of great work going on!

If you haven’t been trained yet, I’ll be seeing you this Fall sometime.  But, today you can still log in. 

Type in the following web address into the address bar of Internet Explorer:

https://iecc.compliance-assist.com   (note:  it’s not a www… address)

Username:  (use your last name and first initial; ie—hnetkovskyn)

Password:  password1

(This is a generic password.  Once in the system, you may be prompted to change your password.  Please do so.  If you’re not given a dialogue box to change your password, let me know, and I’ll show you how to change it. 

Take a look around when you get into Compliance Assist.    If you ever have any questions, please e-mail or call me.  I’ll be happy to help.

Have a good week!

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