Mini Guide to Alignments


  • Alignments show how area practices connect to other priorities, such as the college strategic plan goals, divisional goals, accreditation standards, and/or learning outcomes.
  • Alignments need to have strong, obvious, direct connections with area practices, so the link is clear to someone outside of your area.
  • Alignments allow for areas’ SAGE profiles to be used for studying progress related to other priorities.


  • Learning Outcomes Alignments: Liberal arts students complete a demographics research project in capstone course 101, where they apply quantitative skills to analyze population trends in census data.
    • Pillar Strategy 2.11 Enhance direct assessment of student learning by expanding use of embedded assignments . . .
    • MSCHE Standard 3 Design and Delivery of the Student Learning Experience
  • Student Support Alignments: Students participate in monthly financial literacy workshops and create individual budgets that apply effective financial planning strategies to ensure timely tuition payments.
    • Pillar Strategy 4.8 Implement a financial literacy program to help students better manage college expenses and aid and to minimize enrollment disruptions due to cost.
    • MSCHE Standard 4 Support of the Student Experience
  • Operations Practice: Host annual institutional effectiveness workshop for all unit leaders on how to prepare fiscal year budget requests, align expenses with strategic priorities, and correctly submit forms by April deadline.
    • Pillar Strategy 5.4 Strengthen advance planning with annual institutional effectiveness calendar that integrates planning, budgeting, and assessment
    • MSCHE Standard 6 Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement