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As part of a self-examination of institutional integrity, Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC), in Wisconsin, undertook a project to identify a set of institutional values and determine the extent that they were exemplified in the college's practices and relationships. The six institutional values were identified as integrity, collaborative partnerships, innovation, continuous improvement, customer focus, and diversity. In the first step of the project, each value was defined in a narrative form to clearly communicate what was specifically intended in the value statement. The values were then cross-referenced to their related board and administrative policies. College strengths, or specific FVTC practices which exemplified the values, were then identified, and opportunities for improvement were determined by defining behaviors and practices which could be improved to bring the college more in line with the intent of each value statement. For example, efforts related to college diversity were identified as strengths, including the formation of a college Diversity Committee, an institutional emphasis on international and intercultural programming, and staff development and minority recruitment activities. Similarly, slow response time to the needs of the college's customers was identified as an opportunity for improvement. Finally, FVTC's performance was rated with respect to agreement between institutional practices and values, with results forming part of the college's accreditation self-study report. (TGI)

Descriptors: Accountability, Accreditation (Institutions), Community Colleges, Diversity (Institutional), Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Evaluation Methods, Institutional Evaluation, Institutional Mission, Integrity, Self Evaluation (Groups), Student Needs, Two Year Colleges, Values











Author: Baldi, H. Victor; Frohrib, Patricia B.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=8005&id=ED393508



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