One of the assumptions of our planning process includes an ongoing commitment to thoughtful assessment of progress toward our goals. The College has a responsibility to ensure that resources are used to promote and support student learning, growth, and development. This is a primary principle behind our current regional accreditation process and a significant expectation of the Middle States Association/Commission on Higher Education.
We use many assessment tools, which will be applied to our Strategic Directions to monitor our progress as well as other initiatives central to the College's mission. Our assessment program includes benchmarking, peer college comparisons, and other appropriate progress measures.
The Senior Staff will continue to encourage the assessment of activities in their respective divisions using a cyclical model that promotes feedback and revision throughout the planning, implementation, and evaluation process. Assessment will be used as a planning tool leading to continuous improvement in meeting the goals of the institution and more specifically those of the Strategic Directions document. Gettysburg College engages in institutional assessment and planning in many aspects of its operations. With the addition of the Committee on Institutional Effectiveness to oversee assessment activities, these current practices will continue to form the basis of our assessment plan.
The President together with The Senior Staff and the Director of Institutional Analysis will have primary responsibility for determining the progress made toward achieving the goals set out in this document. The metrics will include endowment, endowment per student, alumni giving, total enrollment, geographical representation of the student body, diversity of the student body, tuition discount rate, selectivity, graduation rate, and student faculty ratio. Other performance indicators will be developed within each division of the College and will be monitored regularly.