RIT MIDDLE STATES SELF-STUDY 2017 WORKING GROUP KICK-OFF MEETING MAY 19, 2015 AGENDA 12:45pm Meengle (meet & mingle) 1:00pm Welcome Dr. William Destler 1:15pm MSCHE Overview & CIP Dr. Christine Licata 1:30pm Self-Study and Working Groups Dr. Michael Laver & Dr. Anne Wahl 2:00pm Working Group Breakout Sessions 2:30pm Working Group Reports 3:00pm Adjourn Decennial Evaluation • 10 years after last Self-Study (2007-2017) • Two major components: • Comprehensive Institutional Self-Study Report • External evaluation team visit (6-8) • Major focus: • Does RIT meet accreditation standards? • Outcome: “Gold Standard”: • Seal of approval for programs and operations • Qualified to offer degrees and grant financial aid ACCREDITATION STANDARDS • Recently revised (2014) • Moved from 14 Standards to 7 Standards • Modified emphasis from compliance to: Reflection and improvement Assessment Student and continuous improvement learning and student experience Outcomes • Effective: 2017-2018 GETTING READY FOR THE DECENNIAL EVALUATION RIT Invited to Participate in Collaborative Implementation Project (CIP) 15 Partner institutions Unique opportunity RIT’s “CIP” Team Michael Laver, Self-Study Co-Chair Anne Wahl, Self-Study Co-Chair Christine Licata, RIT’s Accreditation Liaison Officer THE REVISED STANDARDS I: Mission and Goals II: Ethics and Integrity III: Design and Delivery of Student Learning Experience IV: Support of the Student Experience V: Educational Effectiveness & Assessment VI: Planning Resources & Institutional Improvement VII: Governance, Leadership & Administration “VIII”: Compliance and Requirements of Affiliation RIT ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE SELF-STUDY PROGRESS STEERING COMMITTEE Karen Barrows Bob Finnerty Joan Graham Paula Grcevic Clyde Hull Bridget Hurley Sandra Johnson Michael Laver Christine Licata Ed Lincoln Kevin McDonald Yin Pan Austin Sierra Thomas Smith Kim Sowers Greg VanLaeken Anne Wahl Charlene Reagan Secretary to the Institute, and Chief of Staff, Office of the President Chief Communications Officer, University News Assistant Vice President, Institutional Research and Policy Studies Professor, National Technical Institute for the Deaf Associate Professor, Saunders College of Business Student Government Representative Senior Vice President for Student Affairs Associate Professor, College of Liberal Arts, Co-chair Senior Associate Provost, Academic Affairs Assistant Vice President, Enrollment Management & Career Services Vice Pres/Associate Provost for Diversity & Inclusion, Office of the President Associate Professor, Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences Student Government Representative Professor, School of Chemistry & Materials Science, College of Science Director, ITS Project Management Office Business Manager & Analyst for Global Programs Assistant Provost for Assessment & Accreditation, Co-chair Senior Staff Assistant, Accreditation SELF-STUDY PROGRESS WORKING GROUPS – YOU! 1 Working Group for each of the 7 Standards. Working Group 8 works exclusively on the Requirements of Affiliation. Each member of the Working Group was formally invited to participate. Very intentional about including a good balance of faculty and staff from diverse functions and backgrounds Each working group has a designated chair. TIMELINE January 20, 2015: May 13, 2015: Self-Study Design Draft Input/Feedback on Draft MSCHE Self-Study Preparation Visit: Dr. Sean McKitrick Finalize Self-Study Design September 2015 – June 2016 SC & WG Gather Data and Evidence Compile 1st Self-Study Draft June 2016 January 2017 March/April 2017: June 2017: Consult with RIT Community Revise Self-Study Draft Constituent Input Self-Study Finalized External Evaluation Team Visit MSCHE Final Accreditation Action Working Group Involvement SELF-STUDY DESIGN MSCHE Prescribes Most Design Elements Flexibility on: Intended Outcomes Research Questions Approval received for Self-Study Design from Middle States Coordinate with RIT’s Strategic Plan Implementation May 13, 2015 NEXT STEPS Implement the Design and Writing the Self-Study Report Working Group Charges The Working Groups will engage in a process of open inquiry related to the Standard to develop their respective sections of the Self-Study Report. The process of open inquiry includes: • analyzing documents, • reviewing institutional processes and procedures, • determining if the Standard is met, • advancing priorities in RIT’s new Strategic Plan, • identifying institutional strengths, and • making recommendations for improvement. To assist the Working Group, the SC will provide a timeline, guidelines, and the report template. In addition, SC members are designated as liaisons to specific Working Groups. WORKING GROUPS: ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES Know Thy Standard “Standards of Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation” Know Thy “Research Questions” Self Study Design Know Thy “Documentation Roadmap” Self-Study Design; Taskstream WORKING GROUPS: ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES Writest Thou a Report – 5 sections 1. An overview of the group’s charge, defining the scope of its tasks and responsibilities in relation to its assigned Standard 2. Discussion of the connection of the group’s charge with those of other groups, and if any collaboration between groups that took place 3. Analytical discussion of the data reviewed and the inquiry undertaken, and the group’s conclusions, including strengths and challenges 4. Explanation of how the group’s conclusions related to the assigned Standard 5. Recommendations for ongoing institutional improvement CHAIRS’ ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES Set regular meeting dates over the summer for all of next year Outlook Calendar! Ensure that everyone is conversant with the materials Self-Study Design, MSCHE Materials, Documentation Roadmap Training for Taskstream (Chairs and members) A workspace for each Working Group Organize work flow for team Determine division of labor, timeline and processes Communicate progress and challenges Check in and consult with Standard Liaison WORKING GROUP RESOURCES Folder Contents Middle States Website: Standard Liaison Co-chairs WORKING GROUP RESOURCES Administrative Support Staff for Working Groups Stephanie Rankin Working Groups 1 - 4 Charlene Reagan Working Groups 5 - 8 Additional MSCHE Project Support Staff Taskstream WORKING GROUP RESOURCES Each Working Group will have its own Workspace in Taskstream (RIT’s Assessment Management System) WORKING GROUP RESOURCES Training for Working Groups will take place early fall Standard Workspace Working Group Members General Information for Working Group Documentation Roadmap (documents, policies, procedures, etc.) Working Group Report Template GOAL: ONE STOP SHOP FOR WORKING GROUPS Grace Rubin – Assessment Management System Coordinator WORKING GROUP BREAKOUT SESSIONS 1. Get To Know Each Other - Introductions 2. Initial Opportunities and Challenges 3. Identify Questions from Working Group WHAT’S NEXT FOR WORKING GROUPS? Read and Review (summer) (Standard, Self-Study Design & Documentation Roadmap) Chair will be Planning (summer) WG Meetings (September 2015) WG Formal Mid-Reports (mid-January 2016) First Full Draft (June 2016) Thank You for your “extra tiger effort” to serve on the MSCHE Self-Study 2017 project! Happy Summer!