Texas State Technical College (TSTC) has developed an Institutional Accreditation Cycle based on the Plan‐Do‐Study‐Act (PDSA) model of quality management pioneer Dr. W. Edwards Deming (1993). This model presents a continuous cycle of planning, implementation, evaluation and responsive actions to improve processes. Planning is designed to coincide with the budgeting process, while evaluation of performance outcomes is designed to coincide with year‐end reports available from institutional research and periodic benchmarking assessments.
In addition to the Institutional Accreditation Cycle, which illustrates the overall continuous improvement process, an Institutional Accreditation Model depicts the various levels of planning and assessment through the college’s divisions and departments. The foundation of the pyramid is the mission, vision and values that guide all planning processes. Planning and evaluation processes are comprised of the Strategic Plan, Functional Operating Plans and Unit Action Plans. Organizational assessments and surveys support the three levels of planning and evaluation with data for decision‐making: