Program assessment pertains to the institutional/strategic, curricular/pedagogical, and operational/administrative structures that direct and support our educational mission. The Educational Policy Committee (EPC) plays a key role in evaluating programmatic aspects of the overall curriculum, including our general education curriculum (e.g. distribution, foreign language, and writing requirements), the nature of our overall curriculum (e.g. the approval of new majors or programs of study), the structural components of the curriculum (e.g. minors, concentrations), and academic aspects of co-curricular experiences (e.g. study abroad, internships through the Academic Centers).
The annual budget planning process incorporates an assessment of departmental level success in meeting the College’s programmatic and institution-level goals, a process that is led by President and Senior Staff in consultation with the Administrative Advisory Committee (AAC). Resource allocation involves an annual assessment of goal attainment that links resultant planning to resource requests. Haverford’s Budgeting Principles strive for the elusive but important goal of maintaining four conditions simultaneously: operating budgets must be balanced, human assets developed and nourished, physical assets preserved, and the endowment’s purchasing power protected. An important corollary is that we provide access to a Haverford education to the most highly-qualified students regardless of their ability to pay. As part of the annual review of Haverford’s financial health, there is an assessment of how well we are meeting these goals each year. The newly implemented Kuali open source accounting system will greatly facilitate the construction and monitoring of departmental budgets going forward.
Periodically, both academic and administrative departments undergo thorough external review, often accompanied by self-study. This intensive process evaluates the extent to which departmental goals are being achieved and how each department is contributing to the accomplishment of the College’s overall mission. The relevant Senior Staff member recommends for scheduling and oversees the process of administrative departmental review. In the case of academic departments, the Provost’s Office oversees the processes of Academic External Review.