Outline of Twelve-Month Sequence of Events for Preparation of Expanded Statement of Institutional Purpose
|A.||Appoint Broad-Based Constituent Group --The group should be composed of faculty (probably the majority), administrators, student leaders, and representatives of the governing board. The purpose of the group is to serve as the overall steering committee that will review and discuss important issues related to the mission or purpose of the institution. This group may become somewhat large due to the need to involve various constituencies; however, most of the work done will be accomplished by several staff members appointed to support the work of the representative group.|
|B.||Review Current Statement of Purpose --The current statement of purpose should be reviewed for several reasons. First, it represents the official policy of the institution as of the beginning of the process. Second, from a political standpoint, it may be that this existing statement cannot be entirely discarded due to legal ramifications or other circumstances and will need to be incorporated into the ESIP or circumvented.|
|C.||Gather Input from Constituents --The attempt to involve the greater campus community in consideration of the ESIP should involve a broad canvassing of faculty, administrators, student leaders, and the governing board members for their opinions concerning the future development of the institution. The Institutional Goals Inventory from the Educational Testing Service has proven to be a useful tool for this purpose and is a relatively easy way to gain maximum participation with minimum effort and cost.|
|D.||Determine External Opportunities and Constraints --The term environmental scanning conjures up massive efforts by a substantial staff to describe every detail of the environment in which the institution operates. On the contrary, an abbreviated environmental scan can not only be a valuable source of relatively easily obtained information but also provide an opportunity for participation by faculty experts in the different areas. It is possible to conduct an abbreviated environmental scan within 2 to 3 months and to present to the institution a summary of the political, economic, educational, and social issues forming the context within which it operated.|
|E.||Consider Analysis of Internal Strengths/Weaknesses --It is highly unlikely (though possible) that the institution has the "intestinal fortitude" necessary to|
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Publication information: Book title: A Practitioner's Handbook for Institutional Effectiveness and Student Outcomes Assessment Implementation. Edition: 3rd. Contributors: James O. Nichols - Author. Publisher: Agathon Press. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1995. Page number: 267.
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