1. B.1 The institution clearly defines its mission through one or more public documents, such as statements of purpose, vision, values, goals, plans, or institutional priorities.
All promotional documents contain the mission statement. These include the catalog, faculty handbook, adjunct faculty orientation handbook, college applications, recruiting brochures, transfer guides, and graduation program. In addition to including the mission statement in print documents, the College website reiterates the mission statement in the President’s message. Each of the academic schools of the College includes the mission of the College in the catalog and explains how the College Mission relates to the development of the academic programs. The College Mission provides the focus for each student’s experience at Miller College from a first inquiry on the web site to recruiting brochures to every syllabus received in every class to the final graduation ceremony (See Miller College website)
The Miller College Institutional Scholarship application stresses the importance of the Mission Statement by requiring a narrative that reflects specific aspects of the Mission Statement as it relates to their life experiences (See Miller College Institutional Scholarship Application) Students who attend orientation sessions learn about the mission before their first classes begin. Each school of the College has developed specific learning outcomes directly tied to the College Mission. These learning outcomes are not only published in the College catalog, but on every syllabus provided to every student in every class (See Miller College Catalog). Junior Seminar, one of the first courses taken at Miller College focuses on the Mission by requiring students to write a reflective essay on the learning outcomes for their program of study. This assignment is repeated in the Senior Seminar. This before/after scenario provides the School Deans and the assessment committee with the students’ evaluation of how well they have mastered their learning outcomes. Junior Seminar also introduces students to the Service Learning requirement for graduation.
The Binda School of Education publishes a handbook providing guidelines not only for students, but for mentor teachers and school district superintendents. This document includes the conceptual framework, mission, and learning outcomes for the Binda School of Education. The four principles of the conceptual framework are directly related to the Miller College Mission in terms of:
1 - Knowledge Based Components (Mission, Philosophy, Learning Outcomes, Standards of Academic Progress, Professional Certification Requirements, Field Placement Experiences, Student Internships, Assessments)
2 - Competence (Knowledge of Pedagogy, Content/Subject Matter, Skills, Dispositions, Classroom Management)
3 - Compassion (Focus on the Individual Student, Diversity & Inclusion, Meeting the Needs of the Students, Sensitive Decision Makers)
4 - Commitment (Shared Vision with local school districts, shared knowledge with Professional Development, Service Learning in the community/society) (See Binda School of Education Handbook)
The Mission and the learning outcomes for each school of the College are the basis for the Assessment Plan. Each School Dean prepares an assessment report annually submitted to the Assessment Committee. This report summarizes the assessment of the graduating seniors’ electronic portfolios according to the individual school assessment rubric and any additional assessment information available. This report reflects the degree to which the graduates of each program have completed their program in terms of the learning outcomes (See Assessment Plans and Status Reports). Other forms of assessment based on the mission include the Senior Seminar exit survey, electronic portfolios, Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) scores, (State of Michigan Report Card) on teacher education, Field Placement of student teachers with at risk populations, and Internships in Senior Seminar.
Finally, the graduation program reminds students and their families of the College mission and provides the basis for the president’s graduation speech. Even after graduation, alumni are periodically surveyed to assess their satisfaction with their experiences at Miller College (See Alumni Survey (77 KB, PDF)).
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