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MSCHE to Present Two Workshops in Spring 2018
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education has scheduled two professional development workshops for April.
Using Evidence to Prove Our Worth: Using Assessment Tools and Data—Linking the Student Experience to Institutional Mission, Goals, and General Education is scheduled for April 13 at the Courtyard by Marriott – Philadelphia Downtown. The facilitator is Michael C. Sachs, Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students, John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
This workshop will explore various assessment tools within student services and ways to link assessment outcomes to mission, goals, planning processes, general education outcomes, and the resource allocation process. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to explore various types of data, such as direct and indirect program assessment, climate surveys, retention and graduation rates, and more, to tell the story of how the co-curricular student experience furthers institutional goals. In addition, techniques for achieving buy-in from various campus constituencies for assessment work in the student experience will be reviewed, discussed, and strategized.
The early registration fee for registrations received and paid on or before March 9, 2018, is $345 per person. Regular registration, received and paid March 10 through March 30, 2018, is $420 per person. Participants are responsible for their own accommodations. MSCHE has not reserved a block of rooms. The hotel is located at 21 Juniper Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107.
Using a Balanced Scorecard Approach to Strategic Planning is scheduled for April 23, 2018, at the DoubleTree by Hilton – Philadelphia Center City. The facilitators will be Lindsay Swiss, Dean of Planning, Assessment, and Institutional Effectiveness; and Kristy Bishop, Vice President of Academic Affairs, both from Westmoreland County Community College.
The Balanced Scorecard is a model for strategic planning that helps align activities and initiatives to the vision and strategy of the institution. It helps improve communication of the plan to internal and external stakeholders and gives a dashboard to monitor key performance indicators. The Balanced Scorecard approach is beneficial to strategic planning at colleges and universities because it translates the vision of the organization and links it to individual performance. It allows for business planning and index setting with the key performance indicators. It creates a feedback and learning loop that allows the institution to adjust the strategy as needed.
The early registration fee for registrations received and paid on or before March 16, 2018, is $345 per person. Regular registration, received and paid March 17 through April 13, 2018, is $420 per person. Participants are responsible for their own accommodations. MSCHE has not reserved a block of rooms. The hotel is located at 237 Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
For further information or to register for either workshop, visit http://www.msche.org/events_calendar.asp
The full Commission meets three times per year, in March, June, and November. In addition, the Commission's Executive Committee meets monthly. Accreditation actions can be taken during any of these meetings. The Commission acts following recommendations from its Committee on Evaluations, Committee on Follow-up Activities, and Committee on Substantive Change. Actions are posted to this website within 30 days of Commission meetings.
Commission Meeting of November 16, 2017
Commission Meeting of June 22, 2017