Individual Self-Assessment Guides (SAGs)For use in program reviews, there is a CAS Self-Assessment Guide (SAG) for each set of individual functional area standards. These downloadable assessment workbooks include the standards and guidelines along with a series of “criterion measure” statements used to judge the level of program compliance with the standard. Each electronic SAG file includes a contextual statement, giving historical and functional perspective to the area; instructions for conducting self-assessment using the SAG; self-assessment instrument; and evaluation forms for compiling team assessment and planning improvements.
Each self-assessment guide (SAG) has a similar structure. For the 9th edition version of CAS materials, the SAGs have been revised. Each subsection of the SAGs includes a list of suggested evidence and documentation at the outset to encourage review teams to collect important materials before rating criterion measures. Another revision from previous SAG editions is that criterion measures have been clustered into categories for rating; this reduces the number of ratings needed and shifts the emphasis to more critical evaluation and reflection of concepts. Program review teams need to document their reasoning and evidence for the rating assigned to each subsection in the space provided for Rationale.
Although not pictured, program review teams also must discuss and respond to the Overview Questions that immediately follow the each rating section. Answers to the Overview Questions, which are designed to stimulate summary thinking about overarching issues, can be used to facilitate interpretation of the ratings and development of the self-study report.