Sunday, September 1, 2013

How to Write Section-G of Self Study Reports of the Program

Important Note:

Section-G of SSR of the Program.

Section-G is the crux of SSR and requires great care in writing. Remember that it is not important to write for each standard. What is more important is to MEET each standard in its essence. It simply means that the program should first meet the standard and then respond to each criteria. Remember that each response must be supported by evidence (where applicable).

It should be noted that Self Evaluation Scale Report (SESR) Comprises of Section-G. This report is based on standards given in section-G. Each standard and criteria is scored (star scoring). Thus, it is suggested to first rank each standard on STAR then answer the standard in SSR. This would help you write SSR effectively.

We will be discussing each standard separately in the next post.

Dr Usmani

Stage-1 of Writing SSR of the Program

Important Note:

It is important to note that SSR is written for program as well as for institutions. It is a must to choose the right template of NCAAA for writing SSR. SECONDLY, remember that NCAAA has changed the template for writing SSR slightly. The new template is available in the revised handbook of NCAAA. Following guidelines are as per the new template of for program/institutions.

In the following, we will be discussing stage-1 of writing self study report of a program.

Stage-1: (Section A to F of Program SSR)

This stage comprises of Section A to F of self study report. 

Section A: This section comprises of 10 sub section. Begin with introduction and provide the information required in Section-A. It is better to use the heading of each and answer it accordingly.

Section-B: Requires not only the summary of Self Study Process, it also requires provision of data of students and faculty at different level. It is important to complete this section with care as the same data may be required/correlated in other sections.

Section:C: This section is important as it requires program mission, objectives and KPIs. This may be repeated in following sections but providing them here would help you stay focused throughout the report.

Section-D: This section requires the changes in external and internal environment that might affect the program. It may include mission, objectives, method of delivery etc.

Section-E: This section requires tabular presentation of data. It asks for changes made since last SSR. Then it requires 3 tables namely Apparent Program Completion Rate, Year to Year Progression, Comparison of Planned and Actual Enrolment. This section is important as it requires data supported by evidence. Thus it is suggested to provide data and keep the evidence ready for verification. The same data must be used in the following sections if required.

Section-F:  This section requires further elaboration of section C where we have mentioned program objectives. For each of the goals or objectives, it is required to show the indicators that were identified to monitor performance (KPIs), the result that was achieved, and a comment about the result. Thus it should look like this:
Objective # 1: ***********************

KPIs for the Objective: ******************************

Results of KPIs: ***************************************

Comments: *************************************

Once you complete section A to F, use the check-list to make sure that each sub section of the template has been addressed. 

Now you are ready for section-G of SSR. 

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