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NCA CRITERION 3

CORE COMPONENTS

Criterion 3: Student Learning and Effective Teaching

The organization provides evidence of student learning and teaching effectiveness that demonstrated it is fulfilling its educational mission.

Core Component - 3A.   The organization's goals for student learning outcomes are clearly s tated for each educational program and make effective assessment possible.

Examples of Evidence

•  The organization clearly differentiates its learning goals for undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate programs by identifying the expected learning outcomes for each.

•  Assessment of student learning provides evidence at multiple levels: course, program, and institutional.

•  Assessment of student learning includes multiple direct and indirect measures of student learning. 

•  Results obtained through assessment of student learning are available to appropriate constituencies, including students themselves. 

•  The organization integrates into its assessment of student learning the data reported for purposes of external accountability (e.g. graduation rates, passage rates on licensing exams, transfer rates).

•  The organization's assessment of student learning extends to all educational offerings, including credit and noncredit certificate programs.

•  Faculty are involved in defining expected student learning outcomes and creating the strategies to determine whether those outcomes are achieved.

•  Faculty and administrators routinely review the effectiveness and uses of the organization's program to assess student learning.

Core Component - 3B.   The organization values and supports effective teaching.

Examples of Evidence

•  Qualified faculty determine curricular content and strategies for instruction.

•  The organization supports professional development designed to facilitate teaching suited to varied learning environments.

•  The organization evaluates teaching and recognizes effective teaching.

•  The organization provides services to support improved pedagogies.

•  The organization demonstrates openness to innovative practices that enhance learning.

•  The organization supports faculty in keeping abreast of the research on teaching and learning, and of technological advances that can positively affect student learning and the delivery of instruction.

•  Faculty members actively participate in professional organizations relevant to the disciplines they teach.

Core Component - 3C. The organization creates effective learning environments.

Examples of Evidence

•  Assessment results inform improvements in curriculum, pedagogy, instructional resources, and student services.

•  The organization provides an environment that supports all learners and respects the diversity they bring.

•  Advising systems focus on student learning, including the mastery of skill required for academic success.

•  Student development programs support learning throughout the student's experience regardless of the location of the student.

•  The organization employs, when appropriate, new technologies that enhance effective learning environments for students.

•  The organization's systems of quality assurance include regular review of whether its educational strategies, activities, processes, and technologies enhance student learning.

Core Component - 3D. The organization's learning resources support student learning and effective teaching.

Examples of Evidence

•  The organization ensures access to the resources (e.g, research laboratories, libraries, performance spaces, clinical practice sites) necessary to support learning and teaching.

•  The organization evaluates the use of its learning resources to enhance student learning and effective teaching.

•  The organization regularly assesses the effectiveness of its learning resources to support leaning and teaching.

•  The organization supports students, staff, and faculty in using technology effectively.

•  The organization provides effective staffing and support for its learning resources.

•  The organization's systems and structures enable partnerships and innovations that enhance student learning and strengthen teaching effectiveness.

•  Budgeting priorities reflect that improvement in teaching and learning is a core value of the organization.

 

 

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