The Portfolio Teams have received feedback on their Process question drafts and started revisions. Final drafts are due in May.
The teams are also determining comparison schools and setting parameters for the data that will be needed as they address the Results questions beginning in the fall 2018 semester.
The College is also sending representatives to the yearly HLC Conference in April, where the representatives will attend sessions that cover important issues in higher education such as recruitment, retention, and assessment. They will attend an AQIP intensive workshop as well.
The 2018 Portfolio teams started drafting their responses to the Process questions this semester. The drafts were turned in at the end of the fall semester and will be revised starting in the Spring 2017 semester.
In addition, the team has started training in the Assurance System, which is how they will submit the Portfolio in fall of 2018.
The teams for the next portfolio, due in 2018, have been formed. The chairpersons for the teams are as follows:
Category One: Helping Students Learn
Stephanie Knebel & Leslie Evans
Category Two: Meeting Student and Other Key Stakeholder Needs
Lynn Wisdom & Roger McMillian
Category Three: Valuing Employees
Kathryn Neff & Laura Glasbrenner
Category Four: Planning and Leading
Pam Watkins & Dan Jaycox
Category Five: Knowledge Management and Resource Stewardship
Amy Henson & Shawn Young
Category Six: Quality Overview
Diana Stuart & Steve Kurtz
The College is looking ahead towards the next portfolio and has recruited new members to the Steering Committee. The new members will meet this semester and begin recruiting for their individual chapter committees.
Action project committees are reconvening after the summer break and the College is looking to wrap up two action projects by the end of the fall semester.
MAC underwent an Additional Locations visit April 27-28 2015. The reviewer met with the Cape Girardeau Career Center directors, faculty, and students on April 27 and toured the Perryville Area Career and Technical Education Center on April 28. The reviewer found no concerns.
After attending Strategy Forum, the team comprised of President Kurtz, Dr. Diana Stuart, Kay Crecelius, Dr. Amy Henson, board member Alan Wells, Kathryn Neff, Lisa Edburg, and Leslie Evans, launched the action project Centralizing Data Resources for Data-Driven Decision making. This project will be the first in a series of action projects devoted to improving data-driven decision making campus-wide.
Currently, the College is preparing to attend Strategy Forum in February 2015. The Strategy Forum team has been selected and is working through the pre-work and plans to attend the session in February of 2015. The team is comprised of the President, the Arts and Sciences Dean, The Accreditation Liaison Officer, the Vice President of the Board of Trustees, the Human Resources Director, the Instructional Researcher, and a faculty member.
- MAC Categories for Improvement: Category 5: Knowledge Management and Resource Stewardship and Category 6: Quality Overview MAC primary Category for Improvement: Category 5: Knowledge Management and Resource Stewardship
- MAC Focus:
- Develop a process of data-driven decision making. The College collects various data, but does not consistently use the data to drive decisions.
- Support a culture of meaningful assessment. Meaningful assessment will help the college accurately identify areas of improvement and make decisions based on the analysis of data.
In addition, MAC is preparing for an “Additional Locations” visit scheduled in April of 2015 at its Outreach Centers, including the Cape Girardeau Career Center and the Perryville Area Career and Technical Education Center and is continuing with several action projects, with emphasis on online learning and assessment.
The College submitted its second portfolio in November of 2013 and received feedback in the spring of 2014. Although the team made several recommendations, the college has no follow up required. The recommendations that the team made include: ensuring Continuous Quality Improvement extends to other areas of the college beyond action projects, utilizing data to drive more decisions, and promulgating the culture of utilizing data to drive decisions.
As a result of the Systems Appraisal Feedback Report, the college has also initiative the Accountability Management System (AMS) Taskstream to better manage assessment, focusing primarily on course-level assessment. In addition, the College has initiated several action projects resulting from its recent expansion in distance education and redoubled effort on improving assessment.
The College underwent a Quality Check-Up Visit in September of 2012. The Reaffirmation Report stated, “According to the Quality Check-Up team, MAC embraced the suggestions made in the 2010 System Appraisal Report and provided evidence of the attention to detail when showcasing the campus to the team. MAC has also demonstrated commitment to quality improvement through the Action Projects for Long Range Strategic Planning and the two Action Projects focused on student success: Course Assessment: Assessing Intermediate Algebra and Business Math and Developing Student Guidelines for Online Learning.”
The Reaffirmation report concluded “MAC shows evidence of its commitment to high performance, AQIP, and continuous quality improvement. It approaches its quality efforts systematically and deliberately, fostering a culture that bases decision-making on analyzing data, setting goals, and measuring progress. The College has demonstrated good faith in dealing with AQIP by taking peer review comments seriously and applying itself to the constructive feedback it has received, especially regarding its commitment to the strategic plan and new AQIP Systems Portfolio.”