Key Characteristic 4:
Growth in Learning
What it means
A good institution positively impacts learners throughout their
journey of learning. A positive impact on the learner is reflected in
readiness to engage in and preparedness for the next transition in
their learning. Growth in learning is also reflected in learners’ ability to
meet expectations in knowledge and skill acquisition.
Keys to Growth in Learning
Growth is evident when
• Learners possess non-academic skills that ensure readiness to
• Learners’ academic achievement reflects preparedness to learn
• Learners attain knowledge and skills necessary to achieve goals
Leaders use data and input from a variety of sources to make decisions for learners’ and staff members’ growth and
Leaders promote action research by professional staff members to improve their practice and advance learning.
Leaders regularly evaluate instructional programs and organizational conditions to improve instruction and advance
Learners’ diverse academic and non-academic needs are identified and effectively addressed through appropriate
With support, learners pursue individual goals including the acquisition of academic and non-academic skills
important for their educational futures and careers.
Understanding learners’ needs and interests drives the design, delivery, application, and evaluation of professional
Learners’ progress is measured through a balanced system that includes assessment both for learning and of learning.