SUCCESS FACTORS
Theme: Data & Assessment
Organization Level: Institution-Level
Critical elements: Successful institutions establish tools, set priorities, and evaluate performance based on data -- primarily data that reflect student success. They support and act on data that assist in defining a clear path to accomplish their mission.
Practice: Maintain data to monitor student performance and provide resources for using data to support academic success.

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CriteriaLess Effective PracticesSuccess Factors for Meeting State StandardsSuccess Factors for College and Career Readiness
Institutional Expectations

Expectations for data usage are left up to each department and are not shared in a systematic way outside of program review.

Tailored data are provided to department leaders several times a year. Expectations for data usage across all departments and classrooms are communicated.

Tailored data are provided to department leaders several times a year and discussed at regularly scheduled meetings with campus leaders, departments, and faculty to reflect on the identified strengths and needs. Institutional expectations for data usage are continuously and clearly communicated.

Data and Decision Making

Decision making is driven by the priorities of specific leaders, without reference to specific supporting data analysis.

Use of student performance data such as rates of course completion and success, persistence, and completion are a priority and play a large role in policy development and decision making.

Use of longer-term employment and earnings outcomes, labor market information, and student performance data (rates of course completion and success, persistence, and completion) play a large role in policy development and decision making.

Access to Actionable Data

The institution shares data in a format that is accessible for researchers, but less understandable for faculty and staff. Disaggregated data are not broadly available.

The institution has quick access to disaggregated data which are shared in a format that is accessible for non-researchers to make appropriate decisions.

The institution shares data in a format that is accessible for non-researchers, including disaggregated data. Regular opportunities are provided for full- and part-time faculty and staff to receive support in interpreting data results and to be engaged in learning outcomes assessment.

Learning Outcomes Assessment

The institutional leaders are supportive of using assessments, but data usage limits their ability to fully utilize the feedback for improvement.

The institutional leaders recognize the value of assessment results to improve classroom practice and learning for students. Academic leadership communicates this at every level.

The institutional leadership prioritizes linking academic excellence to completion. This is accomplished by fully examining and assessing outcomes. Academic leadership has a clear mission to use on-going assessments to structure an environment of student success and completion. Top-level institutional leaders clearly communicate the message at every level.







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