5. C. 2 The institution links its processes for assessment of student learning, evaluation of operations, planning, and budgeting.
The planning, budgeting, assessment and evaluation processes at Miller College are all linked by their alignment with the Miller College Mission. As noted in 5.C.1, the Strategic Plan, which guides future planning at Miller College, is anchored in the Mission and derives its focus from that alignment. The annual budgeting process is, in turn, tied directly into the Strategic Plan. Spending priorities and goals are established one year in advance of a given academic year by the President’s Council. Proposals for new expenditures are keyed to specific initiatives and objectives within the Strategic Plan, and reviewed by the President’s Council at an annual retreat. The President’s Council prioritizes new expenditures at the retreat, and throughout the budget year, continually reviews those priorities in light of new enrollment reports and projections, fiscal realities, and continual assessments of what the College actually needs to pursue its initiatives that may not have been anticipated in the budget projection stage. Assessment of student learning is guided by the Mission through individual school Assessment Plans and annual assessment status reports, which measure student achievement in all aspects of the Mission and inform continuous improvement efforts across the College. Lastly, evaluation of all areas of College operations, from assessment of Student Services to annual faculty and staff evaluations, is guided by the Mission. Annual performance goals for faculty and staff are explicitly aligned to specific objectives in the Strategic Plan, and the assessment plan for Student Services and general operations is, like the assessment plans for each academic program, organized around the Mission.
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