MSU Accreditation 2006

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Components and Examples of Evidence

Criterion Three

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

Component a The organization's goals for student learning outcomes are clearly stated for each educational program and make effective assessment possible
Examples
  • The organization clearly differentiates its learning goals for undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate programs by identifying the expected learning outcomes for each.

  • 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 assessment of student learning 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 learning 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 and uses of the organization's program to assess student learning.
Component b The organization values and supports effective teaching
Examples
  • 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 evaluates teaching and recognizes effective teaching.

  • 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 the disciplines they teach
Component c The organization creates effective learning environments
Examples
  • Assessment results inform improvements in curriculum, pedagogy, instructional resources, and student services.

  • The organization provides an 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
Component d The organization's learning resources support student learning and effective teaching.
Examples
  • The organization ensures access to the resources (e.g., 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.