American Samoa Community College

IV.C.10.  Board policies and/or bylaws clearly establish a process for board evaluation.  The evaluation assesses the board’s effectiveness in promoting and sustaining academic quality and institutional effectiveness.  The governing board regularly evaluates its practices and performance, including full participation in board training, and makes public the results.  The results are used to improve board performance, academic quality, and institutional effectiveness. 

The changes made at the College to comply with this standard were guided by Recommendation 9.

The Board policies for self-evaluation are stated in Governance Policy Manual and were revised to BPS 2000.2 Board Self Evaluation.

2002.2(a) In order to evaluate progress towards its stated goals, the Board will annually schedule a time and place at which all of its members will participate in a formal self-evaluation.

2002.2(b) The Board shall be evaluated as whole and not as individuals. The evaluation will focus on the internal Board operations and performance. The Board members shall develop goals against which the Board will be evaluated. A self-evaluation instrument will be based on these goals.

2002.2(c) The evaluation process shall include the establishment of strategies for improving Board performance. Revised priorities and new goals will be set for the following year’s evaluation.

As stated in 2002.2(a), every member of the board including the student representative has the opportunity to participate in the evaluation process.

The process of self-evaluation provides an effective overview as it makes it clear that it is an evaluation of the Board as a whole and that the Board will develop goals and evaluate their performance. Using the results of the Board evaluation, the Board and President formulate a plan of action. 1

The Board Annual Goals developed from the plan of action monitor their annual goals by: 2

  • Calendar of Board Activities (Board members are assigned to monitor particular goals
  • Goals are reviewed quarterly (Policy)
  • Indirect Assessment of Internal Stakeholders (Board Fall 2015 initiatives)

There is a policy for regular self-evaluation located in the “Internal Show Cause Sanction Report and Analysis of Action Taken To Address ACCJC Recommendation.” 3

The new Policy 2007.1 Board of Higher Education Self Evaluation
“In an effort assure board effectiveness, an effective governing board is committed to accessing how well they perform their governance responsibilities and to using the results of the assessment to enhance board effectiveness.  The evaluation focuses on board policies and practice3s and the role of the board in representing of the community, setting policy direction working with the CEO and monitoring institutional effectiveness.

  • Before the Board orientation and retreat, the Board will conduct its annual self-evaluation.
  • The evaluation instrument will incorporate criteria regarding policy review and updates, Governance responsibilities as well as criteria defining Board effectiveness established by recognized practitioners in the field.
  • Completed surveys will be collected by the Board secretary and forwarded to the ASCC Director of Institutional Effectiveness for calculated analysis and ratings.
  • A summary of the calculated analysis and ratings will be presented to the Board at the Board orientation and training retreat for review and discussion.
  • Survey results will be used to identify accomplishments made in the past year and set goals for the upcoming year.
  • Publish results for public review.

1 - ASCC Surveys: BHE’s Evaluation Survey
2 - ASCC Internal Show Cause Report pp 112-133
3 - ASCC Internal Show Cause Report pp 112-113