SACS Readiness Week: Jackson State University's Re-Accreditation Process


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SACS Readiness Week: Jackson State University's Re-Accreditation Process

  1. 1. The Jackson State University The Re-Accreditation Process <ul><li>August 14, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>(Revised) September 14, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>(Revised) January 22, 2010 </li></ul>Presented by Mary Coleman Re-Accreditation Project Director, Office of Academic Affairs, The Compliance Advisory Council and QEP Committees
  2. 2. JSU/SACSCOC Leadership Team <ul><li>President Ronald Mason, Jr., Chair </li></ul><ul><li>Felix Okojie, Provost </li></ul><ul><li>Willie Brown, Executive Vice President </li></ul><ul><li>Della Posey, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, SACS Liaison </li></ul><ul><li>Mario Azevedo, Associate Dean of Public Service, Co-Chair Compliance </li></ul><ul><li>Mary Coleman, Re-Accreditation Director </li></ul>
  3. 3. Complementary SACS Components <ul><li>Compliance Certification </li></ul><ul><li>Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Compliance Certification Self-study and external review focused on JSU’s past and present as well as its mission & policies. Here we must demonstrate core academic strengths, core facilities, student services, and integrity, as our foundation.
  5. 5. Compliance Certification Asks: Do We Follow Current Best Practices In Higher Education? <ul><li>How well have we operationalized the ideals of Principles of Accreditation? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>12 Core Requirements </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>58 Comprehensive Standards </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>7 Federal Requirements </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>The institution writes narrative responses to explain its level of compliance and submits evidence to support its claims. </li></ul>
  6. 6. SACS Compliance Policy Changes <ul><li>Compliance in measuring up to minimum expectations is still part of reaffirmation. </li></ul><ul><li>Expectations are interpreted in light of the university’s mission. </li></ul><ul><li>Institutions must demonstrate a commitment to regular self-assessment and continuous planned improvement. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Compliance Committees <ul><li>Academic Programs & Support </li></ul><ul><li>Communication With Constituents </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty Credentials & Responsibilities </li></ul><ul><li>Finance & Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Governance & Administration </li></ul><ul><li>Planning & Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Student Policies & Services </li></ul>
  8. 8. Advisory Council Chairs <ul><li>Dr. Mario Azevedo, (Compliance Co-Chair; Educational Programs--Graduate) </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Willie Brown, Technical Support </li></ul><ul><li>Drs. Debra Buchanan, Evelyn Leggett, and Nicole Evans, Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Thomas Calhoun, Student Policies and Services </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Mary Coleman, JSU/SACS Director, (QEP) </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Nicole Evans and Mary Coleman, Co-Chair, Institutional Effectiveness </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Alisa Mosley, Faculty Credentials, Governance </li></ul><ul><li>Ms. Abby Sharpe, (Compliance Co-Chair; Substantive Change) </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Vivian Taylor, All Educational Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Quinton Williams, Administration, Financial Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Melissa Druckrey, Libraries </li></ul>
  9. 9. Compliance Certificate Timeline <ul><li>Completed first drafts of all standards during “October Readiness Audit” </li></ul><ul><li>Findings from Audit were reported to Provost (October 22,2009) and Leadership Team (October 30,2009); Corrections are being made to meet compliance and sustain integrity. </li></ul><ul><li>JSU SACS Week November 9-13, 2009* Will convene meeting with chairs, deans, and directors and all academic support services prior to (JSU SACS Week); need to confirm dates this week. Director met with all colleges and Advisory Council held focus group sessions throughout campus. </li></ul><ul><li>Documentation is being submitted to Website Committee for Review </li></ul><ul><li>July 18, 2010 – committee work is suspended with materials submitted to director, compliance co-chairs, report writer, and OAA. </li></ul><ul><li>August 1, 2010 – final reviews/editing of the draft Compliance Certification. </li></ul><ul><li>Due to SACS - September 8, 2010 Compliance Certificate </li></ul><ul><li>Off-Site Review November 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Focused Report - Response to Off-Site Review Due February 19, 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>On-Site Visit April 14, 2011 </li></ul>
  10. 10. Campus-wide Documentation <ul><li>Collection of Course Syllabi (Incomplete) </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty Rosters (Digital Measures, Incomplete) </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty Credential Review Form and Transcripts (75% Complete) </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Program Assessment Reports (focused on student learning outcomes) </li></ul><ul><li>Strategic planning reports focused on institutional & unit missions & goals </li></ul>
  11. 11. Digital Measures Activity Insight <ul><ul><li>Used to collect and report various types of faculty information. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Faculty Rosters. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Syllabi for each course taught. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Annual Performance Reviews. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outreach & Engagement Reports. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On-campus Testing Completed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Response Rate-Progress is being made </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) focuses on the future and outlines a five-to seven year program to enhance some aspect of the undergraduate student learning/learning environment
  13. 13. QEP: Drilling Down from Seven Student and Faculty Focus Groups <ul><li>An undergraduate experience that strengthens research engagement, enhances students’ skill sets, and offers new knowledge in solving real world challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Prepared peers/students and dynamic multiple learning communities (Global, ethical problem solving, service learning) </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible Curriculum with engaging multidisciplinary analytical concentrations in the first and second year </li></ul>
  14. 14. QEP: Drilling Down Further <ul><li>Build and sustain strengths in the capacity of undergraduate faculty, programs, and curricular </li></ul><ul><li>Develop language proficiencies in applied contexts </li></ul><ul><li>Fully integrate and support undergraduate students within the academic community </li></ul><ul><li>Remove unaccountable teachers from the undergraduate faculty </li></ul>
  15. 15. QEP: Drilling Down <ul><li>Re-examine the methods of grading and content of the undergraduate proficiency examination. Make recommendations for change. </li></ul><ul><li>Establish at least three program learning outcomes per unit related to JSU’s vision, core values, mission, and program assessment data. </li></ul><ul><li>Based upon the chosen QEP, demonstrate how each program will integrate elements of the QEP into the student learning goals, objectives, and outcomes. Implement one learning objective per year until all have been implemented. Assess each learning objective and document outcomes. Make corrections in-stream. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Emerging QEP Themes <ul><li>Intercultural (Global) Awareness and Professional Development </li></ul><ul><li>Service Learning and Community Engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Tiered Teacher Mentorship </li></ul><ul><li>Information Literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Civic Inquiry and Analytical Thinking </li></ul>
  17. 17. What We’ve Completed: QEP-Wise <ul><li>Conducted Three QEP Student Focus Groups: 350 Students </li></ul><ul><li>Advisory Council Members Conducted QEP Meetings in Four Colleges: Education, Undergraduate Studies, Business, and CSET; Analyzed Data, Drafted Minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Analyzed and Presented University-Wide Data </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CBASE, NESSE, Retention Data, SAILS, UPE, Core Course Data </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student Survey (Drafted) On-Going </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Assessed Impact of Course Strengthening Projects; Reviewed Strategic Planning Selection and Evaluation Criteria; Strategic Planning Focus Group Findings </li></ul><ul><li>Requested QEP Proposals: Four were received and reviewed by Leadership Team and posted to blogsite for university-wide review </li></ul><ul><li>Topic: Cooperative Learning Communities in Analytical Inquiry: Global </li></ul>
  18. 18. QEP Proposals <ul><li>Tiered Teacher Mentorship </li></ul><ul><li>Information Literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Engaging Global Inquiry </li></ul><ul><li>Enhancing the First and Second Year: Strengthening English and Math Literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Community-Based Research and Service Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Deadline for completion of preliminary redrafts: Oct. 9, 2009. </li></ul><ul><li>Review by Leadership Team, December 2009 </li></ul>
  19. 19. An Excellent QEP <ul><li>Specific Well-Defined Goals Related to Issues of Substance and Depth, Expected to Lead to Observable Results </li></ul><ul><li>Evidence of Careful Analysis of the Institutional Context in Which the Goals Will be Implemented </li></ul><ul><li>Consideration of Best Practices </li></ul><ul><li>A Viable Implementation Plan with Necessary Resources, Timeline, Assessment Schedule </li></ul>
  20. 20. SACS Evaluation of the QEP <ul><li>Institution Identifies a Critical Issue Related to Learning and Justifies the Use of the QEP </li></ul><ul><li>The Institution Provides Evidence that It Has Sufficient Resources to Implement, Sustain, and Complete the QEP </li></ul><ul><li>The Institution Prepares an Assessment Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Widely Participatory Involvement </li></ul>
  21. 21. QEP Timelines <ul><li>Mid-Fall 2009. QEP topic will be selected, QEP Development Team Revisited and planning will begin. </li></ul><ul><li>Mid-Fall 2009. QEP Implementation and Monitoring component to be formed. </li></ul><ul><li>December 1, 2009– first full draft completed. </li></ul><ul><li>Spring 2010 – campus-wide discussions, revision, and final editing of the QEP. </li></ul>
  22. 22. QEP Timelines <ul><li>QEP Abstract Sent to SACS-2 months before Advisory Visit </li></ul><ul><li>Advisory Visit to JSU by SACS (Late Summer 2010) </li></ul><ul><li>Jan. 9, 2011 – QEP is submitted to SACS. </li></ul><ul><li>JSU Nomination of External QEP Lead Evaluator (6 wks before On-Site Visit) </li></ul>
  23. 23. Expect Monthly Updates <ul><li>Visit blog site and web site (the web site is under development) </li></ul>Thank You So Much!