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Standard II: Student Learning Programs and Services
The institution offers high-quality instructional programs, student support
services, and library and learning support services that facilitate and demonstrate
the achievement of stated student learning outcomes. The institution provides
an environment that supports learning, enhances student understanding and appreciation
of diversity, and encourages personal and civic responsibility as well as intellectual,
aesthetic, and personal development for all of its students.
- Instructional Programs
The institution offers high-quality instructional programs in recognized
and emerging fields of study that culminate in identified student outcomes
leading to degrees, certificates, employment, or transfer to other higher
education institutions or programs consistent with its mission. Instructional
programs are systematically assessed in order to assure currency, improve
teaching and learning strategies, and achieve stated student learning outcomes.
The provisions of this standard are broadly applicable to all instructional
activities offered in the name of the institution.
- The institution demonstrates that all instructional programs, regardless
of location or means of delivery, address and meet the mission of the institution
and uphold its integrity.
- The institution identifies and seeks to meet the varied educational
needs of its students through programs consistent with their educational
preparation and the diversity, demographics, and economy of its communities.
The institution relies upon research and analysis to identify student
learning needs and to assess progress toward achieving stated learning
- The institution utilizes delivery systems and modes of instruction
compatible with the objectives of the curriculum and appropriate to
the current and future needs of its students.1
- The institution assures the quality and improvement of all instructional
courses and programs offered in the name of the institution, including collegiate,
developmental, and pre-collegiate courses and programs, continuing and community
education, study abroad, short-term training courses and programs, programs
for international students, and contract or other special programs, regardless
of type of credit awarded, delivery mode, or location.1,
- The institution uses established procedures to design, identify
learning outcomes for, approve, administer, deliver, and evaluate courses
and programs. The institution recognizes the central role of its faculty
for establishing quality and improving instructional courses and programs.
- The institution relies on faculty expertise and the assistance
of advisory committees when appropriate to identify competency levels
and measurable student learning outcomes for courses, certificates, programs
including general and vocational education, and degrees. The institution
regularly assesses student progress towards achieving those outcomes.
- High-quality instruction and appropriate breadth, depth, rigor,
sequencing, time to completion, and synthesis of learning characterize
- The institution uses delivery modes and teaching methodologies
that reflect the diverse needs and learning styles of its students.1
- The institution evaluates all courses and programs through
an on-going systematic review of their relevance, appropriateness, achievement
of learning outcomes, currency, and future needs and plans.
- The institution engages in ongoing, systematic evaluation and
integrated planning to assure currency and measure achievement of its
stated student learning outcomes for courses, certificates, programs including
general and vocational education, and degrees. The institution systematically
strives to improve those outcomes and makes the results available to appropriate
- If an institution uses departmental course and/or program examinations,
it validates their effectiveness in measuring student learning and minimizes
- The institution awards credit based on student achievement
of the course's stated learning outcomes. Units of credit awarded are
consistent with institutional policies that reflect generally accepted
norms or equivalencies in higher education.
- The institution awards degrees and certificates based on student
achievement of a program's stated learning outcomes.
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