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Southwestern is committed to a practice of evaluating and assessing the effectiveness of the College to demonstrate Mission Fulfillment based on Core Themes, Core Theme Objectives, and the associated Success Indicators. The College’s process is an ongoing, institution wide process of planning and assessment for the purpose of continuous improvement and to provide evidence that the College is effectively achieving its Mission. The planning and assessment processes support institutional effectiveness through the development of a Strategic Plan and associated projects. The Strategic Plan projects are derived from the program reviews conducted across campus which provide the basis for the planning and budgeting processes that occur at the unit, reporting unit, functional areas, and institutional levels of the College. Planning and project development provide the framework for the administration to allocate resources, adapt to changes in the environment, and coordinate activities leading to fulfillment of the College Mission

Southwestern demonstrates achievement of Mission Fulfillment by successfully meeting the Objectives of our Core Themes within an identified threshold level.

Mission Fulfillment Threshold

The College will attain 70% of all indicators within the achieved or minimally achieved range.

The threshold of Mission fulfillment is defined in terms of the Core Themes:

  • Mission fulfillment is defined as attaining Core Theme fulfillment for each of the four Core Themes.
  • Core Theme fulfillment is defined as attaining 70% of all the Core Theme’s data indicators within the achieved or minimally achieved range.
  • The minimum threshold of Mission fulfillment is defined as attaining 70% or better of all indicators within the achieved or minimally achieved range.

The achievement of an individual indicator is measured in terms of a range based on a corresponding threshold level and represented by an achievement status of:

  • Green—achieved
  • Yellow—minimally achieved
  • Red—not achieved

To ensure itself and the public that Southwestern is fulfilling its Mission, the College monitors the Core Theme Success Indicators. Core Theme Objectives are mapped to individual Success Indicators and reviewed each year for applicability, annual threshold levels, and with consideration of new or the deletion of an indicator or measure. All success indicators are assessable and meaningful to the College whether at an institutional level, reporting unit level, or unit level.

Accreditation Requirement:

Standard 1.A.2:

The institution defines mission fulfillment in the context of its purpose, characteristics, and expectations. Guided by that definition, it articulates institutional accomplishments or outcomes that represent an acceptable threshold or extent of mission fulfillment.

Southwestern is guided by four Core Themes: Learning and Achievement, Access, Community Engagement and Sustainability. Each are associated with objectives and measured by Core Theme Success Indicators.

Learning and Achievement

Learning and Achievement is at the core of the College Mission focusing on aspects of student achievement and success.

Objectives and Indicators

LA1: Students demonstrate progress

  • LA.1.1: Remediation (SI 44)
  • LA.1.2: Progress - Credits Earned (SI 28B)

LA2: Students complete certificates, degrees, and transfer

  • LA.2.1: Completion (SI 11)
  • LA.2.2: Licensing/Certification Rates (SI 27 - State KPM 11)
  • LA.2.3: Student Transfer (SI 46)

LA3: Students demonstrate that they have met institutional learning outcomes

  • LA.3.1: Employer Perceptions (SI8)
  • LA.3.2: Student Learning Outcomes (SI13)

Southwestern is guided by four Core Themes: Learning and Achievement, Access, Community Engagement and Sustainability. Each are associated with objectives and measured by Core Theme Success Indicators.

Access

Access is an essential element of the mission for Southwestern to provide learning opportunities that meet current and future educational needs of the student and communities it serves.

Objectives and Indicators

A1: Students access varied learning opportunities

  • A.1.1: Enrollment Report (SI 2)
  • A.1.2: Course Offerings Report (SI 3)
  • A.1.3: Foundation Support (SI 35)
  • A.1.4: Institutional Financial Assistance (SI 39)

A2: Students access services that support learning

  • A.2.1: Student Engagement Activities - CCSSE (SI 5)
  • A.2.2: Student Engagement Activities - SENSE (SI 6)

A3: Students access relevant curricula that support lifelong learning and achievement

  • A.3.1: Structured Work Experience (SI 14S)
  • A.3.2: Connections - High School Dual Enrolled (SI 29)
  • A.3.3: Graduate Survey (SI 37)

Southwestern is guided by four Core Themes: Learning and Achievement, Access, Community Engagement and Sustainability. Each are associated with objectives and measured by Core Theme Success Indicators.

Community Engagement

The College supports the building of strong partnerships and provides opportunities for the staff and community to participate in diverse activities and events.

Objectives and Indicators

CE1: Southwestern serves our communities by providing quality training and business development to address the changing community workforce needs

CE2: Southwestern provides our community members access to a wide range of quality, lifelong learning activities

CE3: Our community members participate and contribute to the Foundation in support of the College

Southwestern is guided by four Core Themes: Learning and Achievement, Access, Community Engagement and Sustainability. Each are associated with objectives and measured by Core Theme Success Indicators.

Sustainability

Sustainability is represented by the statement meeting the needs of today without sacrificing the needs of the future. Southwestern recognizes that a strong infrastructure of all resources supports all the other Core Themes to achieve solid instructional and student services programs. Southwestern is dedicated to sustaining all of our resources: human, fiscal, technological, and physical.

Objectives and Indicators

S1: Southwestern provides responsible fiscal management

S2: Southwestern builds and maintains a sustainable infrastructure of human, technology, and facility resources

S3: Southwestern delivers viable quality instruction

 

 

 

Southwestern engages in two overarching planning processes, strategic planning and academic master planning. Planning processes allow the College to create a roadmap to guide the staff to meet the  Core theme Objectives and fulfill the Mission. Planning is the collaborative process by which the College develops short-term projects and long-term master plans that are supported by unit plans and other operational plans. The planning process is conducted in collaboration among management, faculty, and classified staff to formulate a plan to achieve core theme objectives with the available resources and is one mechanism leading to Mission Fulfillment.

The comprehensive planning process includes the institutional strategic plan (a compilation of instructional and operational planning associated with the budget process), academic master plan,  enrollment management plan, master facility plan, technology plan, sustainability plan, and the crisis management and disaster recovery planning. The plans are developed from input provided by faculty and staff during committee and taskforce meetings held throughout the year, as well as from a program review process that includes community and advisory committee meetings.

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The Strategic Plan projects are derived from the program reviews conducted across campus and from the planning process that occurs at the unit, reporting unit, functional areas, and institutional levels of the College. Planning and project development provide the basis for the administration to allocate resources, adapt to changes in the environment, and coordinate activities leading to fulfillment of the College Mission.

The Academic Plan will be developed through participatory and collaborative processes to encourage input by all stakeholders, including the community at large.

 

 

The purpose of Enrollment Management is to achieve Core Theme Objectives identified in the Strategic Plan relating to student recruitment, retention, and completion by providing effective support services and resources to prospective and enrolled students including current and relevant programming. Ultimately, this is intended to promote and increase student access and success. Underrepresented and underperforming students and programs are identified and targeted for specific enrollment strategies in order to also attain related Strategic Plan Projects.

The Master Plan is intended to serve as a guide and resource for the implementation of improvements and/or remodeling projects for the College’s facilities. A comprehensive study was conducted by Crow Clay & Associates, Inc. that was completed in May 2008 with the plan updated in the last several years to include current projects. This Master Plan study was initiated through a series of meetings (called Focus Groups) with College constituents in each of the communities served by the College. The purpose of the Focus Groups was to ascertain community member thoughts and perceptions on existing College services and on additional services the College might provide.

 

 

 

Program Review occurs every four years and the end product is a report compilation of four years’ of data, which illustrates the level achieved by outcome and the effectiveness of the unit/department (program, degree, certificate, or administrative/educational support service provided to students) based on the synthesis and analysis of data showing internal and external trends. Program review has four parts:

1) A comprehensive review of the unit outcomes including operational analysis;
2) The synthesis and analysis of the results of each outcome;
3) Review of the internal and external trends that impact the unit; and
4) The use of results for each outcome.

The use of results is the planned improvements, changes, and any other modifications to programs and/or services. The comprehensive program review includes quantitative and qualitative data as well as a review of operational policies and procedures.

Program Review is a means of evaluation and analysis designed to demonstrate how well the College and units/departments have met the outcomes identified for student learning and administrative/educational support services. For assessment to be truly effective, it must be meaningful, reflective, and self-regulated. The purpose of program reviews and assessment are to use the results, positive or negative, to stimulate meaningful dialogue about how instruction and services can be modified to engage students in the learning process and to sustain institutional effectiveness.

 

Each unit—instructional, student support, and operational/administrative—completes program reviews to assess outcomes on a four-year cycle.  In addition, annual reviews are conducted to update Projects based on a review of the yearly data including conrfirmation of required reporting and other regulatory requirements are checked for compliance.

Compliance and regulatory required information are located throughout the website.  The following non-exhaustive list connects directly to webpages or documents. 

 

Accreditation information and reports are located on the Accreditation webpages including program specific accreditation and self-study reports.

 

The following links provides information about Southwestern Oregon Community College's copmpliance in accordance with the Higher Education Act's disclosure requirements and non-discrimination requirements.

Equity and Inclusion Information

Student Consumer Information and Student Right to Know

Human Resource Compliance requirements are located within the Human Resource Department webpages.

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Coming Soon

D4A: State of Oregon reports - available in late 2015

Southwestern routinely collects data and provides reports from surveys to share with the public.  Surveys include the CCSSE (Community College Survey of Student Engagement) and SENSE (Survey of Entering Student Engagement) as well as employer, graduate, and student services surveys.

Fast Facts and additional demogrpahic information is available within the Resource Center.

The Resource Center located in myLakerLink is a public collection of documents and data information.  Additional documents and data tools are available for faculty and staff.

Public Resource Center

 

Faculty and Staff Resource Center

 

Robin Bunnell

Institutional Researcher

rbunnell@socc.edu

(541) 888-7339

Data Request Form   (Faculty and Staff form - requires on-campus or VPN login credentials).  For public requests, please email the contact listed above.

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