4.203 - Institution-Set Standards

UHCC Policy Chapter 4, Planning
UHCC Policy 4.203 Institution-Set Standards
Effective Date: February 2018
Prior Dates Amended: February 2017, April 2018 (recodified)
Responsible Office: Office of the Vice President for Community Colleges
Governing Board of Regents Policy: N/A
Review Date: February 2021


I. Purpose: 

Policy establishes the framework for institution-set standards for student achievement. These standards are one component of maintaining quality within the community colleges and required by accredita
tion eligibility requirements and United States Department of Education regulations.

The standards established in this policy apply to all community colleges within the University of Hawai’i Community College (UHCC) System.

II. Definitions: 

No related University policies.

III. Executive Policy: 

Accrediting Association for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), Western Association of Schools and Colleges, requirements are defined as follows:

  1. Eligibility Requirement #11 – Student Learning and Student Achievement “The institution defines standards for student achievement and assesses its performance against those standards...”
  2. Standard I.B.3
    1. The institution establishes institution-set standards for student achievement, appropriate to its mission, assesses how well it is achieving them in pursuit of continuous improvement, and publishes this i
    2. While the referenced standards and eligibility requirements do not apply to Maui College, the policy, standards, and responsibilities established in this policy are applicable to Maui College.
  3. Standards
    1. Each standard shall have a baseline or minimum level of achievement. Additionally, each standard shall have an aspirational target for improvement. These aspirational targets shall be aligned with system strategic plan targets. The standards adopted are as follows:
      1. Course Completion
      2. Degrees and Certificates Awarded
      3. Native Hawaiian Degrees and Certificates Awarded
      4. Pell Recipient Degrees and Certificates Awarded
      5. Transfer to Baccalaureate Institutions
      6. Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Student Success Rate
      7. Licensure and Certification Examination Success Rate
      8. Job Placement Rate
    2. The specific definition, baseline, and aspirational targets for each Standard for the period 2015-2021 are attached as Attachment 1.
    3. V. Responsibilities
      1. The Office of the Vice President for Community Colleges (OVPCC) will be responsible for:
        1. Producing an annual report of the actual achievement results compared to the baseline and target values. The report will include a trend analysis. The report will be produced in a timeframe that allows for submittal of the results to the ACCJC annual report;
        2. Publishing the results of the annual report on the UHCC website for viewing by the general public.
      2. Each campus is responsible for:
        1. Reviewing the annual results and using the results in program planning and resource allocation as appropriate. If the actual effectiveness measure falls below the baseline, the college shall prepare an
          action plan to address improvements in the achievement results;
        2. Submitting information to the OVPCC on student achievement on licensure and certification examination rates, as appropriate; and
        3. Disseminating the results within the campus and make the results available to the general public.
    4. VI. Review of Standards & Policy
      1. The standards, baseline values, and aspirational values will be reviewed in conjunction with the regular review of the strategic plan and related goals established in that plan. The standards may also be modifi
        ed to comply with changes in ACCJC regulations or US Department of Education regulations.

IV. Delegation of Authority: 

V. Contact Information: 

Subject Matter Experts

Office of the Vice President for Community Colleges, telephone number 956-7038 or email at jmorton@hawaii.edu

VI. References: 

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