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The Board of Trustees

Lincoln University, PA
 

RESOLUTION 169
Saturday, April 17, 2004


ANNUAL ASSESSMENT OF STUDENT PERFORMANCE OUTCOMES

WHEREAS, The purpose of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) is effective teaching in the context of a caring atmosphere of time-intensive mentoring by the faculty; and

WHEREAS, Lincoln University has a long and distinguished, 150-year history of producing successful graduates across a wide range of subject disciplines; and

WHEREAS, Lincolnís six-year retention rate to graduation is currently 48% and higher than the average for most HBCUs; and

WHEREAS, Graduation rate affects the Universityís ability to attract a higher quality student body as well as increased resources from the State, private foundations and corporations, and enhanced Title III and other grants; and

WHEREAS, In order to increase student retention and success, the University must greatly improve student proficiency in reading, mathematics, and writing and oral communications; and

WHEREAS, Improved retention and success of students also depends on improved instructional delivery, academic advising, and quality of mentoring time provided to students on campus; and

WHEREAS, The University must identify, adopt, and implement standard assessment criteria for measuring student performance outcomes as a means of benchmarking student success; and

WHEREAS, Lincolnís Academic Strategic Plan mandates tangible academic goals that will be measured by student performance outcomes assessment; and

WHEREAS, The Middle States Commission on Higher Education expects to see tangible results of an outcomes assessment by the time of their campus visit in 2008 as a condition for reaffirmation of accreditation; and

WHEREAS, The Trustees are desirous of seeing implemented a comprehensive outcomes assessment process for measuring student success and improving student retention; now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the Lincoln University Board of Trustees requests that the Academic Deans, Department Chairpersons and Faculty members of each School undertake to identify and implement a standard set of assessment criteria applicable to student performance outcomes across all academic departments by April 2005; and further

RESOLVED, That the President will annually submit to the Board performance outcomes by department beginning by May 31, 2005; and further

RESOLVED, That it is the intent of the Board of Trustees to improve Lincoln Universityís six-year retention rate to graduation to 55% or better by 2010.

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