ERIC Number: ED448794
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr-1
Reference Count: N/A
Closing the Loop, without the Loop Closing on You!
Braswell, James A.; May, Mary L.
The conference paper explores a unified institutional effectiveness planning model which allows for outcomes assessment linked with strategic planning and budgeting through all levels (departments, divisions, and offices) of the institution. The use of an organized reporting system as part of a systematic planning process provides a useful and accessible record of efforts and documentation of results over extended periods, which are essential components of regional accreditation standards. The planning process at San Jacinto College (Texas) is organized through the use of Institutional Effectiveness Unit Plans. The Unit Plan document is constructed to track the following items: the purpose of the unit within the institution's organizational structure; unit objectives and their relation to the college goals; steps to be taken related to the unit objectives; the criteria by which to measure progress; documentation of progress; analyses of the results and the process for which to provide the basis; and a projection of changes needed for the coming year and their impact on the budget. To help integrate planning into the routine functioning of the college, its operational planning cycle is matched with the academic and fiscal calendar. Additionally, all budget requests must be related to and supported by an institutional effectiveness unit plan. (JA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: San Jacinto Coll., TX. Central Campus.