5—Resources. Section 5 of the 2020 Conditions, Resources, puts together in one section the resources needed to deliver an accredited program. While most of these conditions had minor changes from the 2014 Conditions, three have changed significantly. Planning and Assessment now emphasizes ongoing assessment that ties into institutional strategic planning and assessment efforts, and Curricular Development strengthens the relationship between course assessment and curricular development. Social Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion now asks programs to demonstrate current progress and future commitment to diversity and inclusion among current and prospective faculty, staff, and students, including a description of how this commitment is reflected in the distribution of its human, physical, and financial resources.
Helpful Hint: The visiting team assesses resources against the program’s stated needs, objectives, and pedagogy, and objectively identifies areas of strength and weakness. The visiting team’s purpose for assessing resources is not to provide the program justification to petition the institution administration for improvements.