Assess Weber State University Mission Fulfillment

An assessment of mission fulfillment will be completed in conjunction with NWCCU accreditation in 2014.

The NWCCU standards include one describing assessment of mission fulfillment:

Standard 1.A.2 The institution defines mission fulfillment in the context of its purpose, characteristics, and expectations. Guided by that definition, it articulates institutional accomplishments or outcomes that represent an acceptable threshold or extent of mission fulfillment.

In the 2011 Year One Report Weber State has defined mission fulfillment as:

The core themes and their objectives reflect the three fundamental goals stated in the mission, respond to the unique characteristics of the university and embrace lofty, but attainable, expectations for the future. They describe what WSU does and how it measures what it does with respect to those goals. Analysis of the data allows the university to identify the extent to which it is successful in fulfilling those goals and facilitates WSU’s continuous improvement.

Specific objectives have been articulated for each of the three core themes, and one to three indicators of achievement have been identified for each objective. In turn, each indicator has been linked to metrics, and expected levels of performance have been identified for each set of metrics. The analysis of the attainment of objectives identifies areas that “need improvement,” “substantially meet expectations” and “exceed expectations.” If all of the metrics identified for the set of indicators associated with a specific objective meet or exceed the expected levels of performance, the objective is deemed to “exceed expectations.” If the preponderance of the metrics identified for the set of indicators associated with a specific objective meets or exceeds the expected levels of performance, the objective is deemed to “substantially meet expectations.” Finally, if most of the metrics fall below the expected levels of performance, the objective is deemed to “need improvement.”

The threshold for mission fulfillment is that the university “substantially meets expectations” or “exceeds expectations” for each of the institutional goals.

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