Use of Student Learning Evidence

This component represents the extent to which evidence of student learning is used to identify areas where changes in policies and practices may lead to improvement, inform institutional decision-making, problem identification, planning, goal setting, faculty development, course revision, program review, and accountability or accreditation self-study.

Flowchart showing how student learning evidence is used to inform decision making across multiple areas of the College.

The flowchart above displays the organization of departments and committees that inform Fisher's Long Range Planning and Budget Committee (LRP&BC) and the allocation of resources including capital expenses and strategic funding. The Strategic Initiative and Capital Request Review Working Group is a sub-committee of LRP&BC that serves to gather additional information to facilitate the decision-making process.

There are two College-level assessment committees formed to provide assessment data that support evidence-based decisions and institutional effectiveness.

The first is the Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Committee (SLOAC) that is comprised of the provost, deans, faculty and student representatives, the directors of institutional research, the library, civic engagement, the Core, the coordinator of institutional accreditation and assessment, and the five academic assessment professionals. The academic assessment professionals, one from each of the five Schools, form the Educational Assessment Leadership Team (EALT), which is a sub-group of the SLOAC.

The second College-level committee, the Institutional Effectiveness Committee (IEC), is under the direction of the vice president of finance, and is comprised of the deans, the director of institutional research, the coordinator of institutional accreditation and assessment, and a rotating group of staff representing the numerous departments across campus.

In addition to the SLOAC and IEC committees, the Office of Planning, Assessment and Institutional Research (OPAIR) works independent of their committee responsibilities to help inform the LRP&BC.

The Faculty Assembly, Standing Committees, and Schools communicate through the Budget Analysis Committee (BAC) to both share questions and concerns as well as stay informed of the LRP&BC activities. Staff communicate through the Staff Council.

The president, working with the members of the President's Cabinet, has oversight of LRP&BC and reports directly to the Board of Trustees of the College.