Middle States: Goals and Objectives of the Self-Study
Meet the criteria established in the MSCHE publication
Characteristics for Excellence in Higher
Evaluate and measure the effectiveness of the
college’s planning process, and make recommendations for
changes where the process is incomplete.
Measure institutional integrity at all levels of
Pool, coordinate, and evaluate the dissemination of
information available at Institutional Research, at the new ARC
(AdministrativeReportCenter) website, and other sources so faculty
and staff have ready access to research and data that will allow
them to improve educational effectiveness.
Test the effectiveness and reliability of qualitative
data when insufficient quantitative data is available to measure
educational effectiveness in particular disciplines, programs, and
Evaluate the propriety and efficiency of the use of
resources throughout the college system, both in fiscal and human
Evaluate and measure the use of technology in all areas
of the college’s functions, with particular focus on the
fast-growing distance learning initiatives.
Provide a comprehensive, honest, and analytical portrait
of the college, define unmet challenges, clarify and illuminate
opportunities, and make focused and useful
Make outcomes assessment of CCAC’s courses,
programs, policies, and infrastructure a critical element of future
college planning, and make recommendations for change where
assessment is incomplete or absent.
Given CCAC is a large and diverse community college with
campuses and centers throughout the county, unify faculty, staff,
and students through the self-study process. As a result of
self-study, each member of the college community involved in the
self-study should have a fuller, richer sense of what the college
does and needs to do.
Recognize and celebrate all that the college and its
students, faculty, and staff do to further the educational
experience of students in Allegheny County and Western
Place CCAC in an even stronger position of leadership
for education in Western Pennsylvania through ongoing innovation in
and development of teaching and learning for our