ITEM 128-101-R0905����������������� An Assessment Plan for the Transfer Audit Policies


THAT:�������������������������������������� The Montana Board of Regents adopt six (6) assessment models for the recently-enacted transfer audit policies.� The assessment models are set out as an attachment to this item.


EXPLANATION:����������������������� The Legislative Audit of Transfer of Credit practices in the Montana University System recommended an assessment process for the policies that were adopted in response to the audit.� The specific recommendation was as follows:


�We recommend the Regents:

�A.���� Periodically collect transfer data to assess system-wide policy compliance.

�B.���� Utilize reported data to make informed decisions.�


Following the adoption of the last transfer audit policies at the May 2005 Board of Regents� meeting, a work group developed the assessment models for each of the new policies.� The work group was made up of representatives from the institutional research operations throughout the Montana University System, and was chaired by Jim Rimpau from Montana State University-Bozeman.


The assessment models should assist the Montana Board of Regents in determining:

1)             whether the campuses of the Montana University System are complying with the policies;

2)             what the underlying reasons might be, if compliance is a problem, and what might be done to fix those problems;

3)             whether the policies are achieving the solutions that were envisioned at the time of their enactment; and

4)             whether the policies should be changed, if they are not achieving the desired results.