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Moving Student Assessment Online to Deliver Optimal Learning Outcomes

Posted by SPOL on Apr 28, 2020 10:00:00 AM

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, institutions have quickly adopted online learning environments. The move online promotes social distance and safety for students and staff, especially as the coronavirus outbreak continues to grow. This move also provides institutions with the unique opportunity to modernize their assessment processes.

Below, we share some insight into how your institution can incorporate assessment into your online learning environment and why the move online can help your faculty get more done without extra effort.

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Topics: Continuous Improvement, Institutional Effectiveness, Assessment, COVID-19

Proactive Approaches to Resource Allocation During and After COVID-19

Posted by SPOL on Apr 21, 2020 10:00:00 AM

Pivoting resources to respond to change, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, is essential for today’s higher education institutions. Not only must your institution shift funding quickly, but it must also continue to plan and allocate resources for the future.

Below, we share a few considerations as your institution reevaluates resources to meet the needs to students and faculty during this challenging time.

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Topics: Institutional Effectiveness, Budgeting, COVID-19

Higher Education: Maintaining Business Continuity During COVID-19

Posted by SPOL on Apr 14, 2020 11:42:13 AM

The COVID-19 pandemic has palpably reshaped lives and businesses. Higher education, in particular, has found itself pivoting rapidly to ensure safety, adjust myriad processes, maintain academic rigor, drive administrative productivity, and keep institutions on mission.

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Topics: Accreditation, Institutional Effectiveness, Budgeting, Assessment, Strategic Planning, COVID-19

How North Dakota University System Implemented SPOL

Posted by SPOL on Jan 23, 2020 5:22:12 PM
A toolkit introduced to the North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities has taken a few steps forward.

According to Ryan Jockers, institutional and strategic analytics coordinator at the NDUS system office, the cloud-based planning SPOL software was purchased after the launch of the State Board of Higher Education’s strategic plan. SPOL was determined to be the best fit to further SBHE goals for the system, as well as track metrics of success. Additionally, the SPOL platform helps address prior concerns on documenting evidence related to increased performance of operations.

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Topics: Institutional Effectiveness, Assessment, Strategic Planning

How to Establish a Solid Accreditation Process for Higher Education

Posted by SPOL on Aug 29, 2018 5:02:00 PM

One of the most common questions I get from folks implementing is, "How would you suggest we set that up?"  I must always answer that question with one of my own: "What does your process look like?"

The beauty (and the challenge) of SPOL is that it does not require you to conform to a specific process for strategic planning, assessment, budget development, or managing your accreditation self-study. 

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Topics: Continuous Improvement, Accreditation, Institutional Effectiveness

Higher Education: The Benefits of Continuous Improvement

Posted by SPOL on Aug 27, 2018 3:00:34 PM

If your experience is anything like mine, convincing your colleagues to embrace continuous improvement feels like an uphill battle. It feels like more work, “one more thing the college is asking us to do.” While I have rarely had someone ask me point-blank, the question in people’s minds is “What’s in it for me?” I don’t mind this question. I’m not an economist, but I’ve taken enough economics courses in my time to appreciate the model of humans as rational decision makers. If a course of action has no benefit for us, we shouldn’t take that action.

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Topics: Continuous Improvement