Iowa Central Community College’s history with assessment has been monitored closely and is finally off the watch list, but our work does not stop. We are improving our strategies for closing the loop. How does all of this happen? Strategic employee professional development activities is key. From Zooms to all staff workshops to targeted template building meetings, building buy-in and connections is more important than we think and sometimes make time for. We will share strategies implemented as we worked through improving Operational Performance goals, Co-Curricular assessment reporting, Strategic Plan SWOT analysis, Shared Governance development, Academic Program Reviews, and Assessment of Student Learning. Our anecdotes will give you ideas for building buy-in and connections on your own campus.
Join us to learn about:
- Offering professional development activities for targeted assessments.
- Onboarding employees into assessment processes.
- Building buy-in through collaboration and participation.
Vice President of Instruction
Iowa Central Community College
Dr. Stacy Mentzer, PhD, left her med lab tech position to coordinate the Medical Lab Technician, AAS, program at Iowa Central Community College in 2009. She moved into Institutional Effectiveness as she worked on her PhD. Her experience with program curriculum, accreditation, and enrollment was a perfect blend of background to open up an opportunity as Interim Vice President of Instruction then into the permanent position. She is an advocate for assessment and analysis of programs and initiatives as well as accountability through the organization. She was part of the Assessment Committee when Iowa Central Community College started their Open Pathways Quality Initiative in the Higher Learning Commission’s Assessment Academy in 2014.
Liberal Arts Dean
Iowa Central Community College
Jennifer Condon, MS Ed, started her career at Iowa Central Community College in 1995. She has moved up through Iowa Central Community College from a part-time tutor to English faculty to Liberal Arts Dean. In those roles, she has been part of strategic planning, assessment, and instructional council. She searches for creative and efficient solutions to the demands from local, state, and federal mandates. She was also part of the Assessment Committee when Iowa Central Community College started their Open Pathways Quality Initiative in the Higher Learning Commission’s Assessment Academy in 2014.
Building buy-in and connections across campus can be difficult.
This requires attention across all areas:
- Operational Performance goals
- Co-Curricular assessment reporting
- Strategic Plan SWOT analysis
- Shared Governance development
- Academic Program Reviews
- Assessment of Student Learning.
Looking for guidance, best practices, or successful experiences?
This session will cover ideas and strategies for addressing the following:
What strategic can be used to improve processes around closing the loop? How can buy-in and connections be built across all areas of campus?
We look forward to seeing you!