The Chipola Model for Planning, Assessment, and Sustained Success
Chipola College has a proud tradition of academic excellence supported by an effective system of evidence-based planning. The Chipola Model for Planning, Assessment, and Sustained Success – CoMPASS – is the planning, evaluation, and improvement model for the institution and its educational programs, administrative support service units, and educational support service units.
CoMPASS responds to policies established by the Chipola College District Board of Trustees. Policy 1.010 states that a philosophical goal of the Board is to establish “effective and efficient plans for achieving the long-range goals of the college….” Policy 1.020 charges the college president with developing and maintaining “a master plan for the college that includes goals and objectives, sets priorities, and allows for continuous evaluation after implementation.”
Through CoMPASS, the college complies with SACSCOC core requirements and standards.
- Core Requirement 7.1: “The institution engages in ongoing, comprehensive, and integrated research-based planning and evaluation processes that (a) focus on institutional quality and effectiveness and (b) incorporate a systematic review of institutional goals and outcomes consistent with its mission.”
- Standard 7.2: “The institution has a QEP that … focuses on improving specific student learning outcomes and/or student success [and] … includes a plan to assess achievement.”
- Standard 7.3: “The institution identifies expected outcomes of its administrative support services and demonstrates the extent to which the outcomes are achieved.”
- Core Requirement 8.1: “The institution identifies, evaluates, and publishes goals and outcomes for student achievement appropriate to the institution’s mission, the nature of the students it serves, and the kinds of programs offered. The institution uses multiple measures to document student success.”
- Standard 8.2: “The institution identifies expected outcomes, assesses the extent to which it achieves these outcomes, and provides evidence of seeking improvement based on analysis of the results in … a. Student learning outcomes for each of its educational programs … b. Student learning outcomes for collegiate-level general education competencies of its undergraduate degree programs … c. Academic and student services that support student success.”
Using assessment results, the Institutional Planning and Accountability Committee collaborates with college employees to develop a draft Master Plan, which is presented to the college president for approval each spring. The Master Plan is aligned with the college mission and includes institutional goals, objectives, and priority outcomes. The Florida College System goals are also incorporated into the Master Plan.
Also during the spring, college employees in educational programs, administrative support service units, and educational support service units use previous-year assessment results to develop strategic plans (CoMPASS plans) for the upcoming academic year. Program and unit planners identify college priority outcomes that correspond with the anticipated outcomes and strategies in their CoMPASS plans. Estimated costs of implementing strategies are also identified in the CoMPASS plans. The cost estimates are used to make budget requests for the upcoming academic year.
By linking the CoMPASS plan anticipated outcomes, strategies, and budget needs to the college’s priority outcomes identified in the Master Plan, the college ensures that the program and unit plans align with college resource allocations, support the college and system goals, and help accomplish the college mission.
CoMPASS “closes the loop” in the college and unit planning cycles by basing improvement strategies on assessment results and identifying resources needed to implement those strategies. During the fall, department heads and employees evaluate the actual outcomes from the previous academic year in relation to the anticipated outcomes they identified in their CoMPASS plans from that year. In the spring, department heads and employees use the evaluation results to assess the current position of their programs or units in relation to the ideal. Assessment findings are then used to develop CoMPASS plans for the upcoming academic year with the goal of strengthening areas identified as needing improvement.
View the college's current master plan.