One of the many challenges for higher education is remaining ready for re-accreditation. For accreditation review to be meaningful to all stakeholders, it needs to be inclusive, organized, collaborative, and authentically driven by the desire to improve. Preparing a self study should not be an onerous and overbearing task that only happens when an institution or program is up for re-accreditation. Rather, it should be a regular way of working at all levels of an institution.
Read the case study to learn how Texas Christian University (TCU) used the HelioCampus Assessment & Credentialing platform to accelerate their timeline and deliver their decennial report for SACSCOC despite limited time and resources. Through this digital transformation process, TCU is establishing a sustainable process for integrated planning that informs ongoing continuous improvement efforts across the institution.
"At one of the first SACSCOC training sessions I attended many years ago, the reviewer said, ‘don’t get ready for re-accreditation, stay ready’ and the best way I can translate that into practice is to ensure we have a quality assessment process and system to ensure we are ready for any report, data request, and review everyday. HelioCampus helps us do that.”
The digital transformation of TCU is just getting started with the successful submission of the Decennial Report. The next phase is to set up academic and administrative support services annual assessment planning and to integrate their Learning Management System (LMS) Brightspace by D2L to their assessment platform.
Through day-to-day collection of direct student assessments from the LMS, program assessment through workflows, and a regular cadence for meeting and reviewing data for improvement, Dr. Allen and his team are always ready for the next review cycle.