Standard Six: Institutional Effectiveness

Provisions have been made for both short-and long-range evaluation of the programs offered by the institution.

Criteria

The following criteria are used by professional staff members and evaluation committees as indicators of compliance for the standard.

  1. The institution provides a written plan to determine the effectiveness:
  • of the institution based on the philosophy and stated objectives of the institution;
  • of each program of study based on:

o          the stated objectives of the program;

o          retention rates;

o          graduation rates;

o          job placement rates;

o          other applicable indicators provided by NPEC.

  1. The institution:
  • conducts periodic evaluations to determine long-range and general effects of instruction through such methods:

o          as a follow up of graduates;

o          a sampling of opinions of non-completing students;

o          job placement surveys;

  • provides sufficient resources, including funds and staff, for engaging in continuous study of its purposes, processes and programs;
  • provides evidence that findings are used to modify aspects of the institution.
  1. The institution ensures that currently enrolled students evaluate the faculty, courses, policies and procedures.
  2. The institution provides continuous evaluation of curricular offerings and requirements, including evaluation by practitioners acquainted with other exemplary programs.
  3. The institution ensures that students who complete a program of study acquire the competencies the program purports to teach by using:
  • objective measures administered by the institution;
  • external examinations.