"The effectiveness of an institution rests upon the contribution that each of the institution's programs and services makes toward achieving the goals of the institution as a whole." (Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 2006)
HACC bases our institutional practices and planning on evidence-informed decision-making. We use assessments to determine whether or not we are meeting our goals. Learn about institutional effectiveness and assessments.
What is assessment?
- A process we use to study and improve our effectiveness.
- An opportunity to review how well we are meeting our goals.
- Identifying what actions we can take to improve.
- Intentional, ongoing and evidence-based improvement.
What is HACC doing to incorporate assessments?
We are working to build a culture of assessment:
- HACC purchased an assessment management system (TK20). It serves as a repository, tracking and reporting tool. We will be implementing this state-of-the-art system in the coming year.
- We use HACC's Assessment Showcase. This highlights how we study institutional effectiveness college-wide. It spotlights the important work we do.
- We developed an Institutional Effectiveness Plan.
- We created an Institutional Effectiveness Task Force.
What is the purpose of the HACC's Institutional Effectiveness Plan?
HACC's Institutional Effectiveness Plan:
- Shows how establishing goals for institutional practices is important.
- Determines the systems and processes for meaningful assessments.
What does the Institutional Effectiveness Task Force do?
HACC's Institutional Effectiveness Task Force:
- Determines how to achieve healthy assessment practices.
- Prioritizes action items.