Index to the Location of Evidence Relating to the
Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation Found in
Missouri Western State University’s Systems Portfolio
Criterion Two – Preparing for the Future. The
organization’s allocation of resources and its processes for evaluation and planning demonstrate its capacity to fulfill the mission, improve the quality of its education, and respond to future challenges and opportunities.
Core Component 2a. The organization
realistically prepares for a future shaped by
multiple societal and economic trends.
Western’s planning system takes into account institutional capacity with respect to people, operations, data requirements, and partnerships (Categories 4, 6, 7, 8, 9).
Western plans into the future, taking into account changing conditions and how these changes impact students and other stakeholders, operations, and performance (O8, Figures 3.2 and 3.3, 4C2, 4P5, 5P2, 8I1-8I2).
Western has created a structure and authority for decision making that is participatory and results-oriented (Category
Western understands the challenge and adventure of shaping the future with an increasingly global perspective (Figure
Western’s planning evidences attention to changing societal, economic, and technological trends (O8, 2C1, 3P3, 4C3, 7P2, 9C1).
Core Component 2b. The organization’s resource base
supports its educational programs and its plans for maintaining
and strengthening their quality in the future.
- Western’s resources support its current
educational programs and its plans for maintaining and strengthening their quality. The level of state funding presents challenges requiring reallocation of resources internally (O8, 2C1, 6I1, 6R2, Figure
8.1, 8P6, 8I2).
- Budget data and the priorities articulated in
Western’s Strategic Plan are particularly important in shaping the decisions
of those in key administrative positions (5P3, 6P3, 8P6).
- Western understands the critical importance of its human resources and
provides training and development for all its employees (4P1-4P9, 4R1-4R3).
- Western intentionally sets and meets its
planning goals (Figures 1.1-9.1).
- Western has been accredited continuously by the North Central Association
since 1919 (O1).
- Western has demonstrated flexibility in planning, sustaining quality, and
growth during reduced state funding (O1, O8).
Core Component 2c. The organization’s
ongoing evaluation and assessment processes
provide reliable evidence of institutional
effectiveness that clearly informs strategies for
Annual Progress Report on the Strategic Plan provides reliable evidence of institutional effectiveness across the seven areas of strategic planning (Figures 1.1-9.1).
- Annual unit reports on planning goals aligned with institutional planning goals provide
evidence of Western’s dedication to continuous improvement and to achieving results (8P1).
- Western is improving its systems for collecting, analyzing,
and using data to support decision-making (2C1, 2P1, Figures
2.3 and 2.4, 2R3, 2I1, 7C1,
Figure 7.2, 7P3-7P4, 7P6-7P7).
- Western’s Systems Portfolio indicates it is
using data and feedback loops to set targets for improvement across its systems (Improvement sections in nine AQIP Categories).
Core Component 2d. All levels of planning align
with the organization’s mission, thereby enhancing
its capacity to fulfill that mission.
- Western engages in broad-based systemic planning that involves
faculty, staff, administration, and community groups in initiating
and implementing improvements that advance Western’s
mission, values, and goals (6C, 8C1-8C2).