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IEP Model

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Institutional Effectiveness Model

The IEP has two parts, the first part is the Annual Action Plan for Student Learning Outcomes and the second part is the unit Annual Action Plan. The Annual Action Plan for Student Learning Outcomes is created by implementing the Department Assessment Plan and rotation schedule. The Annual Action Plan for Student Learning Outcomes is reported in the next section of this report in Criterion 4.B. The unit Annual Action Plan (the second part) is created using the recommended strategies developed from the results of the implemented Annual Action plan for Student Learning Outcome Assessment. The unit Annual Action Plan puts into action the recommended strategies during the academic year to improve student learning, faculty performance, and program performance.

The data and results of the assessment of student learning and student support services are utilized to formulate recommendations for improvements for the next academic year. Each unit then prioritizes the recommendations and identifies annual action strategies. The prioritized annual action strategies are used to create a yearly IEP. The unit Annual Action Plan consists of the strategies, criteria, assessment tool, indicator of success, and recommendations. This plan is submitted to the Office of the Vice President for Instruction (OVPI) and the Office of Institutional Assessment and Research (OIAR) at the beginning of each academic year.

The annual action strategies are then implemented and results/outcomes are reported by the unit to determine impact on improving student learning, faculty performance, program effectiveness, effectiveness of co-curricular activities, as well as retention, persistence, and completion rates during that academic year.

At the end of each academic year all units are required to submit an IER to the OIAR. The IER’s serve several functions: The IER’s demonstrate that OLC’s assessment and evaluation system is comprehensive and provides indicators of performance for each unit; the IERs are made available on the OIAR webpage and will be available in OLC’s Resource. It provides evidence that the academic and non-academic units are engaged in assessment, and verifies that the academic and non-academic units have implemented the yearly action strategies that were developed from prior year student learning outcome assessment data. It validates all the hard work being done within each unit, and it shows how OLC has closed the loop on assessment. In addition, it ensures that all the units are aligned to the OLC strategic plan and have a stake in institutional performance.