Student Consumer Information Guide 2012-2013
In accordance with federal regulations set forth by the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), St. Andrews University, a branch of Webber International University, provides this notice which contains relevant consumer information and the procedures for obtaining this consumer information. St. Andrews University, a branch of Webber International University does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, military service or any other protected class in its administration of education policies, programs, activities or services; admissions and housing policies; scholarship and loan programs; or employment; except where exemption is appropriate and allowed by law. Inquiries or complaints should be directed to the Office of Administration.
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St. Andrews University, a branch of Webber International University (Babson Park, Florida), is student and teaching-focused. Located in Laurinburg, North Carolina, a broad range of undergraduate liberal arts and sciences majors are available, to both traditional residential students and adult learners, in a curriculum that is global in scope and practical in its application. The quality of the educational experience has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and GI Jobs among others. In addition to its many academic programs, there are numerous men’s and women’s athletic teams, an acclaimed university press, a nationally competitive equestrian program, opportunities for international study, and an award-winning pipe band.
Classes challenge the student to think critically and to express ideas clearly and effectively. Emphasis on interdisciplinary study and the acquisition and mastery of communication skills, analytical techniques, problem-solving strategies, leadership skills and creative expression are focal points of the curriculum. Members of the faculty work cooperatively as teachers, mentors, and advisors while maintaining a commitment to scholarship and professional development.
Webber International University
The University’s mission is to offer students an array of business, liberal arts and sciences, and pre-professional programs of study that create a life transforming educational opportunity which is practical in its application, global in its scope, and multi-disciplinary in its general education core. Students will acquire depth of knowledge and expertise in their chosen field of study, balanced by breadth of knowledge across various disciplines. Special emphasis is placed on enhancing oral and written communication, and critical thinking skills.
The University awards degrees at the associate, bachelor and master levels, and offers students educational opportunities at locations in Florida and North Carolina. Traditional classroom, online, and hybrid learning environments are available. Opportunities exist for students to draw on the courses and programs of study at both locations through online courses and/or periods of residence at either campus. Webber’s programs in Florida focus on the worldwide business environment, and emphasize development of skills in administration and strategic planning, applied modern business practices, and entrepreneurship. The St. Andrews locations offer an array of traditional undergraduate liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs of study.
Administrative approval: November 17, 2011
General information about the University is available through www.sapc.edu.
St. Andrews is a branch of Webber International University (1201 N. Scenic Highway, Babson Park, Florida, telephone 1-800-741-1844). Webber International University is accredited by the the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award degrees at the associate, bachelor and master's levels. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Webber International University.
The Elementary Education program at St. Andrews is accredited by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI). And the Ride Like A Knight Program has been granted Premier Accredited Center status by PATH, Intl. (the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International).
Information about each of these accreditations can be found on the University website at http://www.sapc.edu/aboutsa/accreditation.php.
Information regarding requirements for admission to an academic program, the transfer student application process and the criteria used regarding transfer credits earned at another institution is available in the Admissions Office, 1700 Dogwood Mile, Laurinburg, NC 28352, phone 910-277-5555 or 1-800-763-0198, or http://www.sapc.edu/Admissions/requirements.php Descriptions of academic offerings, instructional facilities and labs and instructional personnel are available at http://www.sapc.edu/academics/academ.php.
For more information go to http://www.sapc.edu/aboutsa/index.php.
Each year the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) asks students at hundreds of colleges and universities to reflect on the quality of their educational experiences with special emphasis placed on: the level of academic challenge, active and collaborative learning, student-faculty interaction, supportive campus environment, and enriching educational experiences. The topics explored are linked by previous research on student success in college. With the results from this independent survey, NSSE can provide prospective students with insights into how they might learn and develop at a given college. For more information on NSSE, visit http://nsse.iub.edu.
Students routinely rank their experiences at St. Andrews, in and out of the classroom, higher than the NSSE national average.
To see the benchmark data for the 2012 NSSE survey, go to http://www.sapc.edu/aboutsa/achievementdata/images/NSSE2012.pdf
To see the benchmark data for the 2011 NSSE survey, go to http://www.sapc.edu/aboutsa/achievementdata/images/NSSE2011.pdf.
To see the benchmark data for the 2010 NSSE survey, go to http://www.sapc.edu/aboutsa/images/NSSE2010BenchmarkData.pdf.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. No one outside the institution shall have access to students' education records nor will the institution disclose any information from those records without the written consent of student. There are exceptions, such as allowing certain personnel within the institution with legitimate educational interest to view the records, or releasing in an emergency in order to protect the health or safety of students or other persons. More information about FERPA can be found at http://www.sapc.edu/studentlife/docs/ferpastudentform.php and http://www.sapc.edu/studentlife/docs/directoryinfoform.php.
Disclosure of Educational Records under the Provisions of FERPA
Under FERPA, a school may not generally disclose personally identifiable information from an eligible student's education records to a third party unless the eligible student has provided written consent. However, there are a number of exceptions to FERPA's prohibition against nonconsensual disclosure of personally identifiable information from education records. Under these exceptions, schools are permitted to disclose personally identifiable information from education records without consent, though they are not required to do so. Following is general information regarding some of these exceptions.
One of the exceptions to the prior written consent requirement in FERPA allows “school officials,” including teachers, within a school to obtain access to personally identifiable information contained in education records provided the school has determined that they have “legitimate educational interest” in the information. Although the term “school official” is not defined in the statute or regulations, this Office generally interprets the term to include parties such as: professors; instructors; administrators; health staff; counselors; attorneys; clerical staff; trustees; members of committees and disciplinary boards; and a contractor, volunteer or other party to whom the school has outsourced institutional services or functions.
A school must inform eligible students of how it defines the terms “school official” and “legitimate educational interest” in its annual notification of FERPA rights. A school official generally has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.” (FERPA Guidance, page 3)
Pursuant to the above FERPA Guidance, St. Andrews University designates the following (and any other individuals as may be designated by the CEO under special circumstances) as “school officials” having a “legitimate educational interest” in the information contained in a student’s education records in order to fulfill their professional responsibilities:
Approved by the Administrative Council: October 18, 2011
Detailed voter registration information for North Carolina residents can be found within the North Carolina Secretary of State website at http://www.sboe.state.nc.us/items.aspx?id=1&s=1. Nonresident students may find voter information about their specific states through the U.S. Election Assistance Commission at http://www.eac.gov/voter_resources/contact_your_state.aspx.
We are committed to assisting students and their families in meeting their financial obligations to the institution. Admissions decisions are based on the applicant’s academic qualifications, not on ability to pay. And, every year, financial aid is awarded to approximately 90% of students. The goal of the Office of Financial Aid is to help students make their education affordable. For more information, contact the Office of Financial Aid, in person in the Morgan Liberal Arts Building on campus, or by phone at 910-277-3953, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday- Friday.
Main sources for institutional financial aid are 1) grants, (2) federal loans, (3) part-time employment, and (4) scholarships. Scholarships and grants are portions of the financial aid award that do not have to be repaid, and are made possible by special gifts and income from the University, various state programs, and the federal government. Any student who wishes to receive financial aid from any of the programs administered here must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Supplemental information may be required for some scholarship programs. More information about the scholarship programs at St. Andrews is available at http://www.sapc.edu/Admissions/finaid/scholarshipopportunities.php.
Federal and state grants are awarded based on financial need. These grants include federal sources such as the Federal Pell Grant and state resources such as the North Carolina Need Based Scholarship. Additionally, need-based grants are awarded to qualified individuals.
Information about these grants may be obtained from guidance counselors, independent educational consultants and at http://www.sapc.edu/Admissions/finaid/financialassistance.php.
St. Andrews, as a branch of Webber International University, participates in the Federal Direct Lending Program. This program, administered by the US Department of Education, provides for Stafford loans for students and PLUS loans for parents. The Stafford loan may be subsidized (need-based) or unsubsidized (non need-based). These loans are determined after the Office of Student Financial Planning receives a student’s FAFSA. Loan levels are set by the US Department of Education and awarded based on the number of University credits a student has completed. The website provides a variety of additional information at http://www.sapc.edu/Admissions/finaid/financialassistance.php including information about private loan lenders, counseling for student borrowers and the Institutional Code of Conduct for Education Loans.
St. Andrews, a branch of Webber International University, adheres to the terms of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (as amended by Congress) that require institutions of higher education to establish minimum standards of “Satisfactory Progress” for students receiving financial aid. A student’s eligibility to receive financial aid from federal or state sources is verified upon the initial award. Subsequently, his/her grades and percentage of credits completed are evaluated by the Office of Financial Aid at the end of each semester to ensure that a student has met our definition of satisfactory progress. A student has progressed satisfactorily if he/she has a cumulative grade point average (GPA) at or above a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative GPA and completes the required number of credit hours for the academic year. If a student does not meet these criteria then financial aid may be removed, however there is a process where a student can appeal a loss of aid decision. This policy is available in the Office of Financial Aid. Individuals in this circumstance will receive written notification of the action to cancel their aid as well as information regarding the appeal process.
Any conviction for any offenses under any federal or state law involving the possession or sale of illegal drugs during their enrollment will result in the student’s loss of eligibility for any financial aid, regardless of the source, including all grants, loans, scholarships and work-study assistance.
Information regarding cost of attending can be found at http://www.sapc.edu/Admissions/finaid/costofattendance.php
In accordance with federal law, access to a net price calculator is available at http://www.sapc.edu/Admissions/finaid/NetPriceCalculator/npcalc.htm.
It is important to note that the estimate provided using this calculator does not represent a final determination, or actual award, of financial assistance, or a final net price; it is an estimate based on price of attendance and financial aid provided to students in a previous year. Price of attendance and financial aid availability change year to year. The estimates shall not be binding on the Secretary of Education, the institution of higher education, or the State. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be eligible for, and receive, an actual financial aid award that includes Federal grants, loans, or work-study assistance.
We subscribe to the principle that the amount of financial aid granted to a student should be based on demonstrated need, which is the difference between the student’s cost of attending the University and the family’s ability to pay. FAFSA uses financial aid data to determine eligibility. Upon receipt of the financial information from the US Department of Education, the Office of Financial Aid estimates the student’s need by subtracting the amount of the family’s contribution from the total cost of attendance, which includes estimated educational expenses of the student, including indirect expenses such as books, personal expenses, and transportation. For additional information, contact Office of Financial Aid, 1700 Dogwood Mile, Laurinburg, NC 28352, phone 910-277-5562 or email@example.com.
A student who withdraws or takes a leave of absence within the first 60% of the semester will receive a student account adjustment: a percentage that represents the amount of time remaining in the semester, the total institutional charges assessed the student and the Title IV financial aid applied to the student’s account is calculated. See refund policy at http://www.sapc.edu/catalog/pdf/1213acadcat4web.pdf. For additional information, contact Office of Financial Aid, 1700 Dogwood Mile, Laurinburg, NC 28352, phone 910-277-5562 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If a refund is due a student under the institutional refund policy and the student has received financial aid under any Title IV student financial aid program other than the Federal University Work-Study Program, a portion of the refund will be returned to the Title IV student assistance programs using the following formula:
The resulting percentage will be applied to the refund based upon refund policy.
After the total dollar amount has been determined, each Title IV program will be credited with its proportionate share, according to the dollar amount each program contributes toward the student’s aid. The same formula will be used to return to the student’s lender any portion of a refund from a loan made under the FFELP or FPLUS for undergraduate students by substituting total FFELP or FPLUS for total amount of Title IV aid less FCWS earnings. Information can be found on the website at http://www.sapc.edu/catalog/pdf/1112acadcat4web.pdf.
The Disability Services Office coordinates and provides various academic and support services to students with disabilities as defined by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Information is available in the Academic Support Center, located in Pate Hall, phone (910) 277-5667; or at http://www.sapc.edu/access/index.php
Full time degree seeking students are encouraged to enrich their educational experience through study abroad. Financial aid is available, however, financial institutional aid funded by the institution is not necessarily applicable in all cases, and when it is applicable there may be other conditions that must also be met. Students who are planning to study abroad should see the Financial Aid Office for the specific information regarding their personal financial aid package prior to making a commitment to study abroad. For more information see http://www.sapc.edu/catalog/documents/FinancialAidforForeignStudy.pdf
Statistical information regarding the success of education students can be found at http://www.sapc.edu/academics/edu/stats.php.
Course schedules with recommended textbook information, including the ISBN, author, title, publisher, copyright date and price for each course are available through the Virtual Bookstore at http://www.ecampus.com/sapc.
Information regarding student diversity, including race/ethnicity, economics and gender, is located in the Office of Registrar, Institutional Research, 1700 Dogwood Mile, Laurinburg, NC 28352 . Phone 910-277-5221.
Retention and graduation rates for first-time full-time freshman cohorts from 1998-2007 are located in the Office of Registrar, Institutional Research, 1700 Dogwood Mile, Laurinburg, NC 28352, Phone 910-277-5221.
St. Andrews University, a branch of Webber International University, seeks to provide an environment supportive of its educational and residential aims. If a situation should arise in which a student feels compelled to voice a complaint, various appropriate avenues are available.
A student who feels that the grade for a course is not a fair evaluation of his/her effort and performance may use the Grade Appeal Procedure found in the Academic Catalog.
Should a student wish to request a sanction review after a non-academic disciplinary action, a sanction review process is found in the Saltire.
In the event a student feels that he or she has been the object of some form of discrimination, or sexual or other harassment, a written complaint should be filed with the appropriate college office (Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Business Office, Athletics Office, etc.).
In all instances, the informal resolution of a perceived problem through reasoned and collegial dialogue is ideal, and should be the first step taken.
Complaint Policies and ProceduresComplaint policies and procedures appear in: (1) the Academic Catalog; (2) the Saltire [student handbook]; and (3) the Student-Athlete Handbook.
Title IX (Equal Opportunity in Education Act)
Ms. Elizabeth Hernandez is the Title IX Coordinator.
Approved by Administrative Council February 21, 2012
St. Andrews University, a branch of Webber International University, (the “University”) is committed to a work and academic environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. We believe that each individual has the right to work, study, and participate in University sponsored activities in a professional atmosphere that promotes equal employment opportunities and prohibits discriminatory practices, including harassment. Therefore, the University expects that all relationships among persons in the workplace and in the academic and student life setting will be business-like and free of bias, prejudice and harassment. Thus the University does not and will not tolerate discrimination against or harassment of or by our employees, students, contractors, consultants, agents, applicants, customers, or vendors.
Discrimination is conduct that is based upon an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation that excludes an individual from participation, denies the individual the benefits of, teats the individual differently or otherwise adversely affects a term or condition of an individual’s employment, education, living environment or participation in a University program or activity. This includes failing to provide reasonable accommodation, consistent with state and federal law, to persons with disabilities.
Harassment includes, but is not limited to, slurs, jokes, and other verbal, graphic, or physical conduct relating to an individual’s race, color, sex (includes discrimination against or harassment of individuals of the same sex), pregnancy, religion, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, workers compensation claims, marital, veteran or any other protected status. “Harassment” may include a range of subtle and not so subtle behaviors and also includes unwelcome or unwanted sexual advances, requests or demands for favors, offensive touching, and other types of conduct whether it be physical, verbal, graphic, or electronic communication (including e-mail and facsimiles) of a harassing or sexual nature involving individuals of the same or different gender. This includes, but is not limited to:
The law does not just prohibit discrimination and harassment of employees by employers. The law also prohibits discrimination and harassment between members of the University community more generally: for example, between an instructor and a student, between two students, or between a student and an applicant or campus guest. The policy applies in all University programs and activities, including, but not limited to, discrimination in athletics, instruction, grading, university housing, and university employment. In addition, the law prohibits retaliation against an individual for opposing any practices forbidden under this policy, for bringing a complaint of discrimination or harassment, for assisting someone with such a complaint, for attempting to stop such discrimination or harassment, or for participating in any manner in an investigation or resolution of a complaint of discrimination or harassment.
Conduct prohibited by this policy is unacceptable in the workplace and at the University and in any work-related, student life, or academic setting outside the workplace or University. Normal, courteous, mutually respectful, pleasant, and non-coercive interactions between employees, students, contractors, consultants, agents, applicants, vendors, clients, or customers, including men and women, that are acceptable to all parties are not considered to be prohibited harassment. Violation of this policy will subject an individual to disciplinary action, up to and including immediate discharge or separation from the University as a student.
This policy shall not be construed or applied to restrict academic freedom at St. Andrews University, nor shall it be construed to restrict constitutionally protected expression, even though such expression may be offensive, unpleasant, or even hateful
Retaliation is Prohibited
Reporting Procedures and Investigation
Upon receiving a report of alleged discrimination or harassment as defined by state and federal law and as stated in this policy, the information will be evaluated and a determination will be made as of what further actions should be taken.
Any action taken may or may not be shared with the complainant dependent upon whether there are violations of privacy.
The University will then take immediate steps to stop any behavior which violates this policy and see that it does not repeat itself. Disciplinary action, up to and including termination or removal from the University, calculated to end the discrimination or harassment, will be taken, when appropriate, against the offender(s).
If an employee, student or applicant suffers discrimination or harassment from a supervisor, manager or any employee, student, contractor, consultant, customer, vendor, or other third party and is not able to report, or is not comfortable reporting harassment to the Title IX Coordinator:
or if a complaint concerning another employee, student,
contractor, consultant, customer, vendor, supervisor, manager or other third party is
Employees and students who have experienced conduct they believe is either discriminatory or harassing have an obligation to take advantage of this complaint procedure. Early reporting and intervention have proven to be the most effective method of resolving actual or perceived incidents of discrimination or harassment. Therefore, while no fixed reporting period has been established, the University strongly urges the prompt reporting of complaints or concerns involving perceived discrimination, or harassment, so that rapid and constructive action can be taken. The availability of this complaint procedure does not preclude individuals who believe they are being subjected to harassing conduct from promptly advising the offender that his or her behavior is unwelcome and requesting that it be discontinued.
St. Andrews offers student athletes the following opportunities:
Information regarding athletic program participation rates and financial support is available at http://ope.ed.gov/athletics/InstList.aspx
The Higher Education Act of 1992 mandated that all U.S. institutions receiving Title IV funding complete the IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System) Survey each year to the National Center for Education Statistics. The IPEDS graduation rate survey data is based on a 6-year graduation rate for each cohort of full-time, first-time degree seeking undergraduates. Each April, in conjunction with the Office of Institutional Studies and Planning, the Office of the Registrar prepares and reports on the graduation rates of student-athletes receiving athletically-related financial aid in a specific cohort. Interested parties can obtain copies of the graduation rates of the current cohort of full-time, first-time degree seeking undergraduate and student-athletes that have received athletic financial aid, from the Office of the Director of Athletics, 1700 Dogwood Mile, Laurinburg, NC 28352, phone 910-277-5274. The information can also be found on the IPEDS website at http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/.
While reviewing this information, please know:
The University also sponsors competitive opportunities in its equestrian program:
Information on placement and on the types of employment obtained by graduates is located in the Final Destinations Survey Report. This report also includes information on the graduate and professional schools graduates are attending. For more information, contact Career Services, Belk Center, St. Andrews. 1700 Dogwood Mile, Laurinburg, NC 28352, phone 910-277-5331; or online at http://www.sapc.edu/aboutsa/achievementdata/index.php#placement
All students enrolled in more than 3 credit hours must provide proof of immunizations as required by North Carolina statute G.S. 130A-155. Requirements for entering students can be found at http://www.immunizenc.com/college.htm. Health and Wellness, in conjunction with the Scotland County Health Department, can assist students in obtaining necessary immunizations.
A copy of the Health Information Summary and Physical may be printed from http://www.sapc.edu/studentlife/docs/pdf/healthform.pdf
The Health Information Summary and Physical must include a health history, current immunization records and a physical and be completed, signed by the student’s doctor and returned to the Health Center before registering for classes. Students who participate in the athletic or equestrian programs must provide additional activity related medical information, found at http://www.sapc.edu/studentlife/StudentPortal.php#HealthForm . More information is available at the website listed above or by contacting the Health and Wellness Center, Pate Hall, 1700 Dogwood Mile, Laurinburg, NC28352; phone (910) 277-5040.
Students have access to the campus computer network. Policies exist to protect one’s right to privacy and allow for a free exchange of ideas and information. Specific policies are outlined in the student handbook, The Saltire, at http://www.sapc.edu/studentlife/docs/pdf/saltire.pdf
We respect copyright laws and will not tolerate any unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, illegal downloading, or other inappropriate use of the University’s information technology system. Civil and criminal penalties for violation of federal copyright laws are applicable. Additionally, specific policies are outlined in the student handbook, The Saltire, at http://www.sapc.edu/studentlife/docs/pdf/saltire.pdf
The Policy on Alcohol and Other Drugs is published annually in the Student Handbook, The Saltire. Student conduct regulations prohibit the unlawful use, possession, sale, delivery, manufacturing, consumption or distribution of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs by students and student organizations. Other alcohol-related and drug-related misconduct is also prohibited. Sanctions are detailed for students who violate this policy. These policies may be found in the student handbook, The Saltire, at http://www.sapc.edu/studentlife/docs/pdf/saltire.pdf
We are also committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace and educational environment. A full statement is available in the Academic Catalog, which can be viewed at http://www.sapc.edu/aboutsa/images/drugfreeworkplace.pdf.
Effective communication is one of the major challenges in emergency management. We have a comprehensive emergency notification system including on campus phone voicemail and email. Details are available through the Department of Campus Safety and Security, 1700 Dogwood Mile, Laurinburg, NC 28352, phone (910) 277-5112 or at http://www.sapc.edu/studentlife/CampusSafety.php, as well as, in the student handbook, The Saltire, at http://www.sapc.edu/studentlife/docs/pdf/saltire.pdff
The primary concern of the Department of Campus Security is the safety and security of all members of the campus community. In compliance with U.S. Department of Education Rules and Regulations CFR 34, Part 668.46 which is commonly referred to as the Jeanne Clery Act, we post crime statistics and other important information such as current campus policies concerning security of and access to campus facilities, programs offered to inform students and employees about crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. This website contains complete on-campus crime statistics as well as the number of reports of alcohol, drug and weapons violations referred to the Student Judicial system. Paper copies of this report are available upon request from the Department of Campus Safety and Security, 1700 Dogwood Mile, Laurinburg, NC 28352, (910)277-5112. More information is available at http://www.sapc.edu/studentlife/CampusSafety.php or in the Student Handbook at http://www.sapc.edu/studentlife/docs/pdf/saltire.pdf
Fire alarm systems are installed in all residential halls. Fire safety is addressed on campus with regular fire drills, and there are lists of approved appliances, with compliance expected. Details are available through the Department of Campus Safety and Security at http://www.sapc.edu/studentlife/CampusSafety.php as well as, the Office of Student Affairs and at http://www.sapc.edu/studentlife/HousingResidenceLife.php as well as, the student handbook, The Saltire, at at http://www.sapc.edu/studentlife/docs/pdf/saltire.pdf
In all cases, it is to be understood that the institutional mission is the point of departure for planning (all activities / plans / objectives / outcomes support and advance the mission of the institution in some appropriate way).
Many disciplines, units, offices or programs will also have their own mission statement indicating the way(s) in which they support and advance the University’s Mission.
The focus of institutional effectiveness is on a shared commitment to continuous improvement over time – a commitment to keep trying to do a better job of (a) helping students master desired learning outcomes; or (b) delivering services in ever more effective ways, etc.
The Assessment and Planning Cycle
Mission > plan with desired objectives or outcomes > assessment > specific improvements where assessment indicates the need > new plan > another assessment > more improvements > and the cycle continues on a permanent, ongoing basis
This process reflects, facilitates, and documents, the University’s commitment to continuous quality improvement over time in all academic and administrative areas of the University.
Planning and Evaluation Process
From Department / Discipline / Office through Institutional Review:
The focus of assessment (especially academic) is on outcomes, not processes. In the academic area, that means learning outcomes – the assessment of what students are actually learning. Learning outcomes are determined by each academic discipline /program of study / major, and are consonant with and supportive of the institution’s Mission.
A Schematic of the Basic Planning and Evaluation Cycle
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) website contains important information for students and parents about scholarship scams. The FTC cautions the use of scholarship service agencies that say such things as:
If you believe you have been a victim of scholarship fraud, wish to file a complaint, or want more information, call 1(877)382-4357 or see http://www.finaid.org/scholarships/reporting.phtml
The STUDENT CONSUMER INFORMATION GUIDE is available through the website.