Middle States Commission on Higher Education Assessment Standards
Approved by the Membership February 2002
Standard 7: Institutional Assessment
The institution has developed and implemented an assessment plan and process that evaluates its overall effectiveness in: achieving its mission and goals; implementing planning, resource allocation, and institutional renewal processes; using institutional resources efficiently; providing leadership and governance; providing administrative structures and services; demonstrating institutional integrity; and assuring that institutional processes and resources support appropriate learning and other outcomes for its student and graduates.
Standard 14: Assessment of Student Learning
Assessment of student learning demonstrates that the institution's students have knowledge, skills, and competencies consistent with institutional goals and that students at graduation have achieved appropriate higher education goals.
Note: All the remaining 12 standards include requirements for assessment, even those that do not relate to academic matters per se.
18. The institution's faculty is sufficient in number, background and experience to support the programs offered and includes a core of faculty with sufficient responsibility to the institution to assure the continuity and coherence of the institution's programs. The institution provides a clear statement of faculty responsibilities including development and review of curriculum as well as assessment of learning.
22. The institution engages in evaluating systematically how well and in what ways it is accomplishing its purposes, including assessment of student learning and documentation of institutional effectiveness.
Standard 2: Planning, Resource Allocation, and Institutional Renewal
An institution conducts ongoing planning and resource allocation based on its mission and uses the results of its assessment activities for institutional renewal.
Implementation and subsequent evaluation of the success of the strategic plan and resource allocation support the development and change necessary to improve and to maintain institutional quality.
Standard 3: Institutional Resources
The human, financial, technical, physical facilities and other resources necessary to achieve an institution's mission and goals are available and accessible. In the context of the institution's mission, the effective and efficient uses of the institution's resources are analyzed as part of ongoing outcomes assessment.