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Institutional Effectiveness

Institutional Effectiveness

Institutional Effectiveness is a measure of the degree to which WSC is effective in achieving its stated vision and mission. It is an ongoing process of planning, assessing, learning, and improving that is applied to all of WSC's courses, programs, departments, and support services. Institutional effectiveness underscores WSC's effort to provide a larger framework for improvement and performance. Transparency, open communication, goal setting, measurement, and improvement create feedback loops that avoid duplication, resulting in a wiser use of resources, and bring WSC closer to its mission and goals.

The HLC's Criteria for Accreditation are the principal drivers of WSC's Institutional Effectiveness. The Higher Learning Commission's pathways for accreditation employ quality improvement models for institutions to maintain their regional accreditation. By sharing performance results and improvements, WSC provides the Higher Learning Commission the evidence it needs to make a public quality assurance judgment while supporting and assisting WSC in its efforts to excel.

All students graduating with an Associates Degree (AA, AS, AAS) will demonstrate that they have completed the following 4 institutional outcomes.
  1. Students will demonstrate effective communication skills.
  2. Students will use reasoning skills to analyze and solve problems.
  3. Students will demonstrate knowledge of diverse cultures and value systems.
  4. Students will apply health-related knowledge to promote physical and mental well-being.


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Results Documents
WSC documents institutional effectiveness to a broad group of stakeholders with results obtained through assessment data. WSC uses assessment data to understand student areas needing improvement. Baseline and trend data can then be used to identify issues, causes of issues, and inform to establish benchmarks and measure progress toward benchmarks.
Additional information can be found by searching the NDUS Resource Library which includes documents searchable by title, subject, and date. If you need assistance, please contact the NDUS Office at 701.328.2960.

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