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Lancaster Bible College
Office of Institutional Effectiveness
717.569.7071 ext. 5323
effectiveness@lbc.edu

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ABHE Standard 2: Student Learning, Institutional Effectiveness & Planning

 

The Institution demonstrates that it is accomplishing and can continue to accomplish its mission, goals and program objectives and improve performance through a regular and comprehensive system of assessment and planning. Central to this plan is the systematic and specific assessment of student learning and development through a strategy that measures the student’s knowledge, skills and competencies against institutional and programmatic goals.

 

Analysis of Evidences

Student Learning: Assessment of student learning is conducted at multiple levels and across a variety of venues. At the course level, instructors document student attainment of course objectives through Assessment Annotations. Each program has an assessment plan which documents the achievement of program goals. Assessment of general education goals is document by the Arts & Sciences Department in their assessment plan and the Bible & Theology Department documents the achievement of biblical education goals. Assessment and documentation of higher level goals such as Information Literacy and Core Knowledge & Skills can be found in the Institutional Effectiveness assessment plan.

A review of these assessment plans reveals a general accomplishment of the objectives and goals. But the review also reveals the need for further documentation in many areas. The assessment annotations are proving to be very effective in motivating the faculty to document the results of specific classroom assessment techniques. Nevertheless, it will take some time before this new practice can contribute to a more generalization of the findings.

A review of our Strategic Impact: 2006-2011 Planning Priorities shows that LBC has accomplished each of its Planning Priorities for this five-year period. Those accomplishments evidence the fact that LBC’s planning processes are effective and efficient and result in institutional renewal. In addition, our Preferred Future document shows that LBC has outlined seven specific areas in which to position itself for the next five years. However, a review of the planning process revealed that while long-range institutional planning occurs, incremental assessment of the plans in place occurs somewhat sporadically. While some formative evaluation does occur, and adjustments to plans and resource allocations do take place, these are usually not documented in an organized and prescribed fashion. Therefore, beginning in the Fall of 2011, a more systematic process of planning and evaluation of the planning process was put in place. The newly created position of Associate Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness will assist the Cabinet with issues relating to the planning process. A three year on-going Strategic Plan was put in place in the Spring of 2012 with the goal of turning this into a rolling five-year plan by the fiscal year 2012-2013.

 

Evidences of Compliance

Assessment Annotation Form - Undergraduate

Assessment Annotation Form - Graduate

Assessment of Student Learning

Institutional Effectiveness

Planning

Assessment