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Since the early 1980's, the primary institutional mission of Mount Hood Community College (MHCC) in Gresham, Oregon, has been identified as student success. Toward that end, the college has instituted an ongoing systematic review of instructional program improvement and implemented institutional strategic planning directly linked to budget development. In addition, an office of staff and organizational development was established in 1986 which currently conducts 2-week programs of learning activities for faculty and ongoing development programs for managers and support staff. To help assess student success, MHCC has collected student "intent" data upon entry and on a term-by-term basis since 1983, focussing on educational and career goals, and intended duration at MHCC. Also, the college instituted a mandatory assessment and placement program in 1984 to enhance the prospects of student success. At the core of MHCC's institutional effectiveness assessment is the program review process, conducted on an annual basis and utilizing such quantitative and qualitative indicators as student demand, job placement, transfer success, the local employment outlook, and staff development. Results of program review activities are incorporated into the annual strategic planning process, a participatory effort which engenders community dialogue and which provides the basis for the budget development process. Finally, as part of MHCC's mission review process in 1989-90, a "mission to measurement" document was developed, designed to emphasize the institutional commitment to document outcomes and improve student success. MHCC's mission statement and flow charts depicting student success strategies and planning and resources allocation processes are included. (PAA)

Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Planning, Community Colleges, Educational Research, Faculty Development, Institutional Mission, Mission Statements, Program Evaluation, Resource Allocation, School Effectiveness, School Surveys, Self Evaluation (Groups), Staff Development, Student Attitudes, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges

Author: Kreider, Paul E.; And Others


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