Accreditation & Assessment
Each year, LBCC conducts a sector specific business/industry needs assessment. It is conducted in collaboration with regional industry partners and other sector experts. Our purpose is to strengthen capacity of LBCC to quickly respond to the existing and changing educational needs of our community by better understanding the strengths and gaps in the current delivery system.
Designed to support and evaluate LBCC's old mission statement and accreditation core themes, each indicator is developed to have a multi-year view of results and--when possible--an external reference/comparison point. The eventual objective with these performance indicators was to establish a "target" for improvement and overall performance. Although no longer directly tied to accreditation, many of these indicators are important to the campus in terms of internal accountability and evaluation, and they will continue to be maintained.
Accreditation standard 1.B.2, "the institution establishes objectives for each of its core themes and identifies meaningful, assessable, and verifiable indicators of achievement that form the basis for evaluating accomplishment of the objectives of its core themes," forms the main charge of the MERIT Council, and the MERIT Report Cards are its way of doing just that. The report cards utilize a tri-level stratagy of attainable, actionable, and aspirational goals to evaluate the college's success on its stated objectives related to its three core themes: Economic Vitality, Eduational Pathways, and Cultural Richess.
Oregon's Office of Community College and Workforce Development (OCCWD) is now requiring all Career Technical programs to provide information on which students have reached the point in their programs where they have had their overall technical skills assessed. For more information--including general policy documents, links to information on performance-based assessments, information on the approval of locally produced assessments, data reporting specifics, links to approved assessments, and much more--please visit the Oregon Board of Education's Technical Skills Attainment webpage.