Standard III: Resources
The institution effectively uses its human, physical, technology, and financial
resources to achieve its broad educational purposes, including stated student
learning outcomes, and to improve institutional effectiveness.
- Human Resources
The institution employs qualified personnel to support student learning programs
and services wherever offered and by whatever means delivered, and to improve
institutional effectiveness. Personnel are treated equitably, are evaluated
regularly and systematically, and are provided opportunities for professional
development. Consistent with its mission, the institution demonstrates its
commitment to the significant educational role played by persons of diverse
backgrounds by making positive efforts to encourage such diversity. Human
resource planning is integrated with institutional planning.
- The institution assures the integrity and quality of its programs and
services by employing personnel who are qualified by appropriate education,
training, and experience to provide and support these programs and services.
- Criteria, qualifications, and procedures for selection of
personnel are clearly and publicly stated. Job descriptions are directly
related to institutional mission and goals and accurately reflect position
duties, responsibilities, and authority. Criteria for selection of faculty
include knowledge of the subject matter or service to be performed (as
determined by individuals with discipline expertise), effective teaching,
scholarly activities, and potential to contribute to the mission of
the institution. Institutional faculty play a significant role in selection
of new faculty. Degrees held by faculty and administrators are from
institutions accredited by recognized U.S. accrediting agencies. Degrees
from non-U.S. institutions are recognized only if equivalence has been
- The institution assures the effectiveness of its human resources
by evaluating all personnel systematically and at stated intervals.
The institution establishes written criteria for evaluating all personnel,
including performance of assigned duties and participation in institutional
responsibilities and other activities appropriate to their expertise.
Evaluation processes seek to assess effectiveness of personnel and encourage
improvement. Actions taken following evaluations are formal, timely,
- Faculty and others directly responsible for student progress
toward achieving stated student learning outcomes have, as a component
of their evaluation, effectiveness in producing those learning outcomes.
- The institution upholds a written code of professional ethics
for all of its personnel.
- The institution maintains a sufficient number of qualified faculty with
full-time responsibility to the institution. The institution has a sufficient
number of staff and administrators with appropriate preparation and experience
to provide the administrative services necessary to support the institution’s
mission and purposes.
- The institution systematically develops personnel policies and procedures
that are available for information and review. Such policies and procedures
are equitably and consistently administered.
- The institution establishes and adheres to written policies
ensuring fairness in all employment procedures.
- The institution makes provision for the security and confidentiality
of personnel records. Each employee has access to his/her personnel
records in accordance with law.
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