As the lead software engineer for SFS Accreditation, it has been my pleasure to work with the outstanding department chairs and faculty of our client institutions to implement their suggestions for new enhancements and features. I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce some SFS Accreditation Enhancement and Features.
SFS Accreditation management product has grown exponentially in the past year based upon those suggestions from our early adopters, and we’re proud to be able to highlight some of our most popular features for you.
Extensive reports and analytics
Our ability to map multiple standards sets to each client rubric enables analytic and reporting options that allow curation of data that is deeply meaningful in terms of accreditation tracking, inter-rater reliability, candidate growth measurement, and program insights.
Field Experience Tracking
One of our most popular features is our built in Field Experience tracker. Students and/or Faculty log field experiences, associate them with specific courses, delineate demographic data for each experience, and request verification from the mentor teachers involved. Our multiple Field Experience reports allow you to view the summarized data and to see at a glance exactly where each student stands in regard to Field Experience requirements.
Contracts (Programs of Study) / Degree Audits
Contracts are an effective advising guide for advisors and a clear map outlining program requirements for students. They become even more beneficial as grades are imported each semester and flow into a Degree Audit of the contract. Faculty can see at a glance a student’s progress through the requirements within their program of study.
Forms currently used within an institution are replicated within SFS. This allows for the collection of and reporting opportunities on that form data, and eliminates the need for the handling, organization and storage of paper forms.
Custom advising forms are created for each institution and are easily accessible to faculty wherever they are. No more missing folders! Advising notes can be shared with the student at the advisor’s discretion. Supporting documents can be uploaded to the advising area by both students and faculty.
Custom surveys can be used for a multitude of data collection opportunities. You may wish to track students exiting the program, survey alumni for a period of years, collect data on the current employment status of graduates, or survey current employers regarding satisfaction with graduates of the program.
Guest Observations, Forms and Artifact Reviews
Within SFS Accreditation you are able to request a guest to perform specific aspects of an evaluation of a student they are mentoring. The mentor receives an email that includes a link that will take them directly to the specific evaluation request. The guest cannot access anything but the requested item. These requests can be a valuable tool to collect data ‘in the field’.
Within SFS, checklists are assigned to each student. Each checklist contains a clearly defined list of items to be completed by the student and/or faculty for a specific evaluation period. Checklist items can be a collection of self-assessments, observations, interviews, custom forms, and artifacts, and are custom designed to meet the needs of each institution. As students progress through a program of study, each checklist assignment offers guidance as to steps required for completion.
I hope that this brief overview of SFS Accreditation Enhancement and Features has provided some insight into what SFS Accreditation has to offer. Much of what we do here is customized to each individual institution and their program needs. Our goal is to make the student growth and program accreditation process easier to manage and document. By doing so we hope to help provide Better Teachers, Better Students, and a Better World!