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Core Themes, Objectives, and Indicators

Southwestern is committed to a practice of evaluating and assessing the effectiveness of the College. Core Theme Objective Indicators are one way the College demonstrates to Accrediting agencies, the State, the Board of Education, the students, the Community and the staff institutional effectiveness which leads to mission fulfillment. Mission Fulfillment is demonstrated through achievement of Core Theme Objectives and the associated Indicators as reported within the tabs for each Core Theme: Learning & Achievement, Access, Community Engagement, and Sustainability. Alignment with the Strategic Plan and accomplishment of targets set for each Indicator are described in the first page of each report which may be accessed by the links provided within each Core Theme tab.

Indicators are reported at the end of each year by September. Each month the Board of Education materials includes scheduled reporting of the Indicators according to the submission schedule contained in the Board calendar.   

Southwestern demonstrates achievement of Mission Fulfillment by successfully meeting the Objectives of our Core Themes.

Mission Fulfillment Threshold

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

The achievement of each 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, or Red—not achieved.

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 Institutional Managers (IM) and College Council (CC) groups affirmed the Mission fulfillment threshold established in fall 2010.  As part of the continuous improvement process and accreditation standard requirements, a review of the current threshold along with practices in the northwest region revealed multiple methods to assess Mission fulfillment with several institutions adopting a similar approach as Southwestern. Steps to determine Mission Fulfillment were added to establish a procedure to calculate overall achievement (70% of all indicators) as well as adding three levels that identify achievement status.  These steps provide a clear method to calculate achievement of core theme objectives and Mission Fulfillment and to classify achievement of each indicator with respect to the associated objective.  The Mission fulfillment threshold was discussed at the Board of Education Retreat held in September 2012 as well as vetted in IM and CC meetings held in January and February 2013.  The current version was presented at the February 25, 2013, Board of Education meeting.


Mission Fulfillment Reports

2012-13 Report: - Mission Fulfillment Achievement Rate:  93%

2011-12 Report: - Mission Fulfillment Achievement Rate:  75%

2010-11 Report  - Mission Fulfillment Achievement Rate:  71%

Mission Fulfillment was defined slightly different for 2010-11 through 2011-12


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

Core Theme Objectives and Indicator Reports:

  • LA1: Students demonstrate progress - as demonstrated by Indicators LA.1.1 and LA.1.2

Indicator LA.1.1: Remediation (SI 44)

Indicator LA.1.2: Progress: Credits Earned (SI 28B)

  • LA2: Students complete certificates, degrees, and transfer - as demonstrated by Indicators LA.2.1, LA.2.2, and LA.2.3

Indicator LA.2.1: Completion (SI 11)

Indicator LA.2.2: Licensing/Certification Rates (SI 27 - State KPM 11)

Indicator LA.2.3: Student Transfer (SI 46)

  • LA3: Students demonstrate that they have met institutional learning outcomes - as demonstrated by Indicators LA.3.1 and LA.3.2

Indicator LA.3.1: Employer Perceptions (SI 8)

Indicator LA.3.2: Student Learning Outcomes

This indicator is scheduled to be measured in the updated format effective with 2013-14 and posted to the website in early fall of each year.

Core Theme 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..

Core Theme Objectives and Indicator Reports:

  • A1: Students access varied learning opportunities - as demonstrated by Indicators A.1.1, A.1.2, A.1.3, and A.1.4

Indicator A.1.1 Enrollment Report (SI 2)

Indicator A.1.2: Course Offerings Report (SI 3)

Indicator A.1.3: Foundation Support (SI 35)

Indicator A.1.4: Institutional Financial Assistance (SI 39)

  • A2: Students access services that support learning - as demonstrated by Indicators A.2.1, A.2.2, and A.2.3

Indicator A.2.1: Student Engagement Activities - CCSSE (SI 5)

Survey administered every three years 2010, 2013, 2016 and so forth

Indicator A.2.2: Student Engagement Activities - SENSE (SI 6)

Survey administered every three years 2009, 2012, 2015 and so forth

Indicator A.2.3: Student Satisfaction and Opinion (SI 38)

Survey to be administered every three years beginning in 2013-14

  • A3: Students access relevant curricula that support lifelong learning and achievement - as demonstrated by Indicators A.3.1, A.3.2, and A.3.3

Indicator A.3.1: Structured Work Experience (SI 14A)

Indicator A.3.2: Connections: High School Dual Enrolled (SI 29)

Indicator A.3.3: Graduate survey (SI 37)

Core Theme Community Engagement:The College is recognized as an educational institution and as a social, economic, and community partner to support the building of strong partnerships and provide opportunities for the staff and community to participate in diverse activities and events.

Core Theme Objectives and Indicator Reports:

  • CE1: Southwestern serves our communities by providing quality training and business development to address the changing community workforce needs - as demonstrated by Indicators CE.1.1, CE.1.2, CE.1.3, and CE.1.4

Indicator CE.1.1: Structured Work Experience (SI 14B)

Indicator CE.1.2: BITS Company Satisfaction (SI 26 and State KPM 10)

Indicator CE.1.3: Training Participant Satisfaction (SI 32)

Indicator CE.1.4: Service to Business (SI 33)

  • CE2: Southwestern provides our community members access to a wide range of quality, lifelong learning activities - as demonstrated by Indicators CE.2.1, CE.2.2, and CE.2.3

Indicator CE.2.1: Community Activities and Events (SI 22A)

Indicator CE.2.2: Activities and Events (SI 22B)

Indicator CE.2.3: Staff Service to Community (SI 34)

  • CE3: Our community members participate and contribute to the Foundation in support of the College - as demonstrated by Indicators CE.3.1, CE.3.2, and CE.3.3

Indicator CE.3.1: Foundation Annual Fundraising (SI 42)

Indicator CE.3.2: Foundation Endowments (SI 43)

Indicator CE.3.3: Alumni Participation (SI 45)

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.

Core Theme Objectives and Indicator Reports:

  • S1: Southwestern provides responsible fiscal management - as demonstrated by Indicators S.1.1, S.1.2, S.1.3, and S.1.4

Indicator S.1.1: Fiscal Cash Flow Responsibilities - End of Year (SI 15)

Indicator S.1.2: Fiscal Responsibilities All Funds - End of Year (SI 16)A and

Indicator S.1.3: Fiscal Responsibilities All Funds - Current Ratio (SI 16B)

Indicator S.1.4: Fiscal Enterprise Funds Responsibilities - End of Year (SI 17)

  • S2: Southwestern builds and maintains a sustainable infrastructure of human, technology, and facility resources - as demonstrated by Indicators S.2.1, S.2.2, and S.2.3

Indicator S.2.1: Employee Satisfaction - Great Colleges to Work For (SI 9)

Indicator S.2.2: Infrastructure Equipment and Software Maintenance (SI 19)

Indicator S.2.3: Infrastructure Maintenance (SI 20)

  • S3: Southwestern delivers viable quality instruction - as demonstrated by Indicators S.3.1 and S.3.2

Indicator S.3.1: Program Quality and Design (SI 40)

Indicator S.3.2: Quality Instruction (SI 41)

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