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imminent. In addition to NWCCU, some programs also have specialized accreditation that
occurs regularly.
The Office of Institutional Research is responsible for reporting official institutional data to
the Idaho State Board of Education (SBOE), faculty, staff, students, federal government,
external institutions, and the general public in order to consistently support decision making
and planning activities. IR also administers annual student, faculty, and staff surveys;
collects placement rates; and reports division enrollment statistics to efficiently support the
institution’s mission and accreditation needs. Data is routinely collected and analyzed,
protected, and maintained in order to support institutional planning activities.
Another process contributing to inclusive planning is the review/revision of policies and
procedures. Anyone can propose a new policy or a change to an existing policy. New or
revised policies and procedures are first submitted to the appropriate council or division for
discussion. This might be the Instructional Advisory Council, Student Services, or the
Business Office. After approval by the interim committee, it is then forwarded to PAC for
approval and posted for comment on FASTInfo, the College Intranet, prior to
implementation.
Allocation of resources and prioritization is a challenge for all campuses and EITC has tried
to be as inclusive during planning and implementation as possible. IAC reviews the budget
for programs during the spring of the year for planning the fall semester. Division managers
work closely with faculty to identify the priorities of the department. Capital Equipment and
Maintenance of Continuing Operations funds are prioritized by IAC and presented to PAC
for approval. PAC directs the financial office to propose a basic budget and then works to
adjust funding for new projects such as the retention initiative or improved programming.
3.A.3 Planning Informed by Appropriate Data and Analysis
The comprehensive plan (i.e. Strategic Plan) is data-driven. Some measures are defined by
the Idaho State Board of Education (SBOE) and some are unique to core values, staff and
student input, and program performance. EITC’s comprehensive plan closely aligns with
Idaho SBOE objectives and measures for higher education. Data are reviewed and analyzed
routinely for quality assurance, and support EITC’s mission fulfillment. The current plan was
approved by SBOE on June 17, 2015.
3.A.4 Comprehensive Plan and Resource Allocation
EITC has limited resources, in part because of the technical mission of professional technical
programs within the State’s higher education system. In general, the prior year’s budget is
used as a guide in all areas. When EITC receives an increase in base funding, additional
resources are distributed on a need basis. Resource allocation for instructional divisions is
conducted through IAC. The team looks at the line items and what was spent last year and
where the needs exist. These requests are forwarded to IAC where they are evaluated,
prioritized, and sent to PAC. The instructional requests are then prioritized along with
requests from support services.
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