IV. D. Institutional, General Program and Program Specific Standards

The Commissioner shall, in coordination with the Presidents' Council, develop and maintain institutional, general program and program specific standards. These standards shall be approved by the State Board. Each Technical College shall operate in accordance with these standards.

References

Institutional Standards

General Program Standards

Program Specific Standards

PLACEMENT AND FOLLOW-UP

Follow-up

Institutional Standard Number: 01-10-01

Standard Statement
A written follow-up plan is developed and implemented by the institution.

Explanatory Comment

The follow-up process is one method of ascertaining student outcomes through systematic and continuous collection of information from graduates; and employers. Collecting information from completers and non-completers can also be used, but is optionalFollow-up data are used for program evaluation and improvement.

Evaluative Criteria

The institution develops and implements a written follow-up plan that is used to measure the quality and outcomes of each instructional program.

The plan designates a qualified staff member to coordinate the follow-up effort and requires each faculty member to participate in obtaining, recording, distributing, and using follow-up data.

The plan details follow-up data collection methods and procedures that make use of appropriate survey instruments and sampling techniques.

Follow-up data are collected from program graduates, completers, non-completers, and the employers of program graduates to obtain information about program effectiveness and relevance. Follow-up data can also be collected from program completers, non-completers, and employers of completers, but this is optional.

A statistically valid sample is used where large numbers of graduates - and if applicable, completers and non-completers - justify its use in collecting follow-up information.

Follow-up of graduates, completers, and employers occurs after sufficient time on the job to provide an appropriate basis for program assessment.

The plan delineates procedures for organizing and analyzing follow-up data.

The plan makes provisions for follow-up data maintenance and utilization.  Information derived from analysis of follow-up data is disseminated to the administration and faculty in order to facilitate program evaluation and improvement.

The plan provides for adequate staff and financial resources to support implementation of the follow-up effort.

Annual evaluation and revision of the follow-up plan assures that the follow-up process is effective and continuous.

PLACEMENT AND FOLLOW-UP
Job Placement

Institutional Standard Number: 01-10-02

Standard Statement

A systematic job placement plan is developed and implemented by the institution.

Explanatory Comment

Job placement services assist students in obtaining appropriate employment or enrollment in advanced educational programs.  Placement records on graduates is one means of assessing success of the institution in achieving its mission. Placement records for completers and non-completers can also be used, but are optional.

Evaluative Criteria

The institution implements a placement plan ensuring that individuals who complete a program of study are given necessary assistance in obtaining appropriate employment or securing additional educational opportunities.

The plan reflects the mission of the institution and the input of the administration, faculty, and employment market.

The plan includes procedures for student referral services based on student records and a current file listing employers and employment opportunities and educational institutions and opportunities.

The plan outlines processes needed to sustain a communications network that includes the placement coordinator, the institutional staff, and the businesses and industries in the employment market.

The plan details a placement documentation and records management system.

The plan includes a job placement records maintenance and utilization system for graduates, completers (optional), and non-completers (optional).  Information derived from analysis of placement records is disseminated to the administration and faculty in order to facilitate program evaluation and improvement.

The plan designates a qualified staff member to coordinate the implementation of the placement services.

The plan makes provisions for adequate staff and funding to support the job placement services.
The job placement plan is reviewed and revised annually.

PLACEMENT AND FOLLOW-UP

Placement and Follow-up Records

Institutional Standard Number: 01-10-03

Standard Statement

The institution maintains and utilizes job placement and follow-up records for program graduates. Maintaining and utilizing job placement and follow-up records of completers and non-completers is optional.

Explanatory Comment

Job placement and follow-up records are maintained and utilized to aid students in obtaining jobs and to evaluate and improve instructional programs.  Job placement and follow-up records are kept confidential (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act).

A program graduate is a student who has demonstrated competencies required for a program and has been awarded the appropriate degree, diploma, or certificate.  

A program completer is a student who has acquired sufficient competencies for employment in the field of training or a related field.

A program non-completer is a student who enrolled in an institution but withdrew before acquiring sufficient competencies for employment in the field of training or a related field.

Evaluative Criteria

The institution maintains job placement and follow-up records for each program graduate, completer (optional), and non-completer (optional).

Job placement and follow-up records are securely stored in a central location.

Student job placement and follow-up records are confidential.

Information derived from student job placement and follow-up records is organized, analyzed, and disseminated at least annually to the administration and faculty of the institution.

Job placement information is utilized, in conjunction with follow-up data, to evaluate and improve job placement procedures and instructional program outcomes.

 

PROGRAM EVALUATION AND PLANNING

Program Outcomes

Program Standard Number: 02-04-03

Standard Statement

An evaluation of the outcomes of each program is conducted.

Explanatory Comment

Acceptable program outcomes include enrollment, graduation, completion rates, placement levels, and job performance by graduates.  Outcomes can also include completion rates and job performance by completers, but these are optional.

A program graduate is a student who has demonstrated competencies required for a program and has been awarded the appropriate degree, diploma, or certificate.  

A program completer is a student who has acquired sufficient competencies for employment in the field of training or a related field.

A graduate or completer is counted as a placement if s/he is employed in the field of training or a related field, enters the military, or continues her/his education.

Evaluative Criteria

Annual evaluation of the enrollment, graduation, completion (optional), placement, and performance statistics is conducted and documented by the administration and program faculty.

Evaluation findings are compared with acceptable outcome levels designated for state evaluation requirements and by appropriate program or institutional accrediting agencies.

Factors contributing to the outcomes of each program are identified and analyzed. Where enrollment, graduation, completion (optional), performance, and/or placement levels are unacceptable, appropriate corrective action is taken.


Created: April 23, 2001

Approved