Self-Study Design Intended Outcomes
There are several outcomes the College will work towards as it undergoes the process of completing the Self-Study. These outcomes were developed in collaboration with the President’s cabinet, which serves as a strategic body for the campus.
- Demonstrate how the institution is currently meeting MSCHE Standards for Accreditation: Gathering and analyzing information about initiatives, processes, and procedures from across the campus will contribute to identification of strengths and areas for improvement. This information directly contributes to our work on Ursinus 150 Strategic Plan objectives, retention initiatives, allocation of resources through our budgeting process, and improvement of our facilities. Each of these initiatives is designed to strengthen our institution by improving programming, campus climate, and campus infrastructure.
- Assess the quality and effectiveness of academic programs and administrative services in all departments to identify challenges and opportunities and make recommendations for improvement: Assessment of academic programs and administrative services will provide specific information that can be used to enhance these areas. It will also contribute to Strategic Plan Objectives, specifically, “Strengthen our program in liberal education, cultivating the habit of lifelong learning” and “Invest in the people of the college as our most important asset.” In addition, this information informs the process of finalizing our new general education curriculum, identifying opportunities for improvement of facilities, and making decisions about resources based on assessment findings.
- Identify challenges and specific opportunities related to enhancing diversity and inclusivity of the campus community: This outcome connects to important issues that colleges are facing nationwide. Our analysis of issues in our own community related to diversity and inclusion will inform progress towards our Ursinus 150 Strategic Plan objective, “Intensify our commitment to diversity and inclusion.” Findings will also contribute to our work on retention, specifically of underserved groups.
- Inform investment priorities by demonstrating alignment between the Ursinus 150 Plan strategic objectives and resource needs: Through the self-analysis we undergo for the Self-Study, we will gather information about campus resource needs relevant to strategic objectives in the Ursinus 150 Strategic Plan. Connecting these findings to resource allocation for the Ursinus 150 Strategic Plan, including time, individuals’ talents, space, pedagogical decisions, and funding, will support the campus as we move forward with the strategic objectives.