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Five Dimensions of Quality: A Common Sense Guide to Accreditation and Accountability by Stanley O. Ikenberry, Linda Suskie

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CHAPTER 16TRANSPARENCYSharing Evidence Clearly and Readily

If evidence is to be used, whether to better a college or to demonstrate effectiveness to stakeholders, it must be shared in ways that make it easy to locate and easy to understand. Chapter 5 explains that transparency means making evidence clear, concise, easy to find, and relevant—and thereby useful—to your stakeholders. This chapter offers suggestions on how to do this.

Form Follows Function

Have a clear purpose for everything that you summarize, analyze, and share, then design reporting structures and formats to fulfill that purpose. Every piece of evidence that is shared should help inform decisions . . . and not just decisions by your accreditor. Ask yourself:

  • Who needs to ...

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