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Issues and questions this subcommittee will entertain:

An accredited institution is expected to possess or demonstrate the following attributes or activities:

  • strategies to measure and assess the level of, and efficient utilization of, institutional resources required to support the institution's mission and goals;
  • rational and consistent policies and procedures in place to determine allocation of assets;
  • an allocation approach that ensures adequate faculty, staff, and administration to support the institution's mission and outcomes expectations;
  • a financial planning and budgeting process aligned with the institution's mission, goals, and plan that provides for an annual budget and multi-year budget projections, both institution-wide and among
    departments; utilizes planning and assessment documents; and addresses resource acquisition and allocation for the institution and any subsidiary, affiliated, or contracted educational organizations as well as for institutional systems as appropriate;
  • a comprehensive infrastructure or facilities master plan and facilities/infrastructure life-cycle management plan, as appropriate to mission, and evidence of implementation;
  • recognition in the comprehensive plan that facilities, such as learning resources fundamental to all educational and research programs and the library, are adequately supported and staffed to accomplish the
    institution's objectives for student learning, both on campuses and at a distance;
  • an educational and other equipment acquisition and replacement process and plan, including provision for current and future technology, as appropriate to the educational programs and support services, and
    evidence of implementation;
  • adequate institutional controls to deal with financial, administrative and auxiliary operations, and rational and consistent policies and procedures in place to determine allocation of assets;
  • an annual independent audit confirming financial responsibility, with evidence of follow-up on any concerns cited in the audit's accompanying management letter; and
  • periodic assessment of the effective and efficient use of institutional resources.

*Evidence of Integrity should be interwoven in with the above discussion. MSCHE's overall interest in institutional integrity is that:

Integrity is a central, indispensable and defining hallmark of effective higher education institutions, and it can manifest itself through the institution's conduct within each of the other standards.

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As related to these Middle States standards:

Standard 3: Institutional Resources

The human, financial, technical, facilities, and other resources necessary to achieve an institution's mission and goals are available and accessible. In the context of the institution's mission, the effective and efficient uses of the institution's resources are analyzed as part of ongoing outcomes assessment.

Standard 6: Integrity

In the conduct of its programs and activities involving the public and the constituencies it serves, the institution demonstrates adherence to ethical standards and its own stated policies, providing support for academic and intellectual freedom.

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