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Issues and questions this subcommittee will entertain:

Demonstrate, with evidence and documention, how UAlbany's mission and goals:

  • guide faculty, administration, staff and governing bodies in making decisions related to planning, resource allocation, program and curriculum development, and definition of program outcomes;
  • include support of scholarly and creative activity, at levels and of the kinds appropriate to the institution's purposes and character;
  • are developed through collaborative participation by those who facilitate or are otherwise responsible for institutional improvement and developments;
  • are periodically evaluated and formally approved;
  • are publicized and widely known by the institution's members;
  • are related to internal contexts and constituencies;
  • are consistent with mission; and
  • focus on student learning, other outcomes, and institutional improvement.

UAlbany is expected to demonstrate the following attributes or activities in the areas of Planning, Resource Allocation, and Institutional Renewal:

  • goals and objectives or strategies, both institution-wide and for individual units that are clearly stated, reflect conclusions drawn from assessment results, are linked to mission and goal achievement, and are used for planning and resource allocation at the institutional and unit levels;
  • planning and improvement processes that are clearly communicated, provide for constituent participation, and incorporate the use of assessment results;
  • well defined decision-making processes and authority that facilitates planning and renewal;
  • the assignment of responsibility for improvements and assurance of accountability;
  • a record of institutional and unit improvement efforts and their results; and
  • periodic assessment of the effectiveness of planning, resource allocation, and institutional renewal processes.

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

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.

Campus blog on issues pertaining to this subcommittee

Members of the campus community are invited to submit issues or questions for the subcommittee to address in the course of developing this section of the self-study

As related to these Middle States standards:

Standard 1: Mission and Goals

The institution's mission clearly defines its purpose within the context of higher education and indicates who the institution serves and what it intends to accomplish. The institution's stated goals, consistent with the aspirations and expectations of higher education, clearly specify how the institution will fulfill its mission. The mission and goals are developed and recognized by the institution with the participation of its members and its governing body and are used to develop and shape its programs and practices and to evaluate its effectiveness.

Standard 2: Planning, Resource Allocation, and Institutional Renewal

An institution conducts ongoing planning and resource allocation based on its mission and goals, develops objectives to achieve them, and utilizes the results of its assessment activities for institutional renewal. Implementation and subsequent evaluation of the success of the strategic plan and resource allocation support the development and change necessary to improve and to maintain institutional quality.

Middle States Self-Study Guidelines

UA Steering Committee

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