Assessment of institutional effectiveness is designed to evaluate the overall effectiveness in achieving the mission and goals of the College and the compliance with the accreditation standards. It is also intended to consistently evaluate and improve the planning and budgeting activity of the institution toward realizing its mission.
In order to facilitate this process, the Hood College Guidebook to Strategic Planning was developed.
Planning in the college setting is a responsibility shared by trustees, administrators, staff, faculty and students. Trustees are responsible for defining the mission and goals of the institution, preserving its independence, overseeing its direction and enhancing the resources required for its effective operation. Responsibility for academic and administrative leadership in fulfillment of the teaching, research and public service functions of the institution is vested by the board in the president of the College. It is the president's responsibility to guide the overall planning and management of the institution by managing institutional resources wisely and effectively, by identifying new academic opportunities, initiating change, facilitating program development, setting priorities and maintaining an environment conducive to effective teaching, personal development and creative scholarship. The president is assisted in these tasks by the vice presidents, deans, chairperson, and directors to whom he or she has delegated authority in specific areas. These individuals and their staffs, working with the faculty and students, are responsible for supporting and facilitating the educational program in and outside of the classroom.
Strategic planning at Hood is a formal and interactive process in order to enhance the college ability to think and act strategically. Strategic planning, although sometimes viewed as a very complex process, takes into consideration three major questions as depicted in the diagram below: