Through the self-study process, we identified critical areas where the college is acting forcefully to address needed improvements. We also offered recommendations that will further the goals of the 2014-2019 Strategic Plan and begin to inform the next strategic planning process.
Perhaps the most consistent thread, observed across the self-study, is the powerful conviction that the college is at an exciting point with strong enrollment growth especially at the baccalaureate level, new programs that address the needs of a rapidly evolving economy, an excellent faculty, greatly improved facilities, and exceptional internships and career opportunities for students. To move forward, City Tech as a community needs to address several challenges that are in part specific to this institution but that in large measure are typical of public universities and those experiencing transition and growth: resources, collaboration, integration of processes, and communication. The institution is confident that it will meet these challenges and continue to advance, providing increasing numbers of students with the high levels of economic mobility for which City Tech has become known.
Middle States Recommendation - Standard 2
It is evident that there is a great deal of respect among faculty, staff, and administration at the College. In review of the academic integrity and complaint processes, the Academic Integrity Committee and Academic Integrity Officer are a well-developed system. Continuous improvement of those processes appears to be occurring with current revisions in progress. The Academic Grievance procedures, however, need clarification and maturity.
Therefore the team endorses the College’s self-study recommendation #3: Improve scope, documentation, and transparency in the complaint resolution process.
Ensure clarity for all constituents regarding the processes for addressing stakeholder concerns:
Further, the team recommends that the summary of these results should be reviewed regularly for patterns, continuous improvement and training opportunities. Most importantly the process and policy for different types of complaints should be readily accessible, separated, easy to find and use for students. The committee Student Complaints of Faculty in an Academic Setting, is an appropriate committee. Consider having the process and procedures mirror the Academic Integrity Committee and use of an Academic Integrity Officer.
Middle States Recommendation - Standard 3
The team agrees with the following portion of the College’s Self-study recommendation #4 to Refine our facilities and technology master plans to take advantage of new opportunities: Optimize opportunities created by the new spaces. To this end, the College will:
Middle States Recommendation - Standard 4
The team endorses The College Recommendation #1 to Implement a comprehensive, cross-institutional plan for student retention and success.
Middle States Recommendation - Standard V
Middle States Recommendation - Standard VI