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Howard Community College is an agile, purposeful organization that nurtures innovation and inquiry, and evaluates results against valid and ambitious criteria.  Assessment at Howard Community College is everyone's responsibility.  To monitor its effectiveness, all levels of the organization have created meaningful measures to track.

The Board of Trustees reviews selected indicators addressing the institutional-level goals monthly, and that information is posted for public review.  Each college unit has identified measures called "Vital Signs."  Assessment plans are in place for divisions, programs, and courses.  These measures are reserved for internal review.

It is an institutional goal that, over time, every measure be benchmarked against external best practice.  The college is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

This work is facilitated by the Office of Planning, Research, and Organizational Development (PROD).