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Institutional Effectiveness

What is Institutional Effectiveness (IE)?

“Institutional effectiveness is the systematic, explicit, and documented process of measuring performance against mission in all aspects of an institution. … A commitment to continuous improvement is at the heart of an ongoing planning and evaluation process. It is a continuous, cyclical process that is participative, flexible, relevant, and responsive." SACSCOC, Resource Manual for the Principles of Accreditation (2012), p.16.

What are IE Reports?

The IE Report is a valuable opportunity to review accomplishments, enumerate our goals, and refocus our attention on the university's mission. Additionally, working on the report provides time for thoughtful consideration of resources and the articulation of an effective course of action to continue accomplishing our goals. 

IE Reports for each department, college, and support unit are submitted annually as a way to document progress toward achieving unit goals and collectively document progress toward achieving the university’s goals as enumerated in the Strategic Plan.  IE Reports state each unit’s intentions to continue current actions or to implement new objectives, strategies, or assessment measures.  New budgetary needs to support unit objectives are itemized in IE Reports.


Institutional Effectiveness Presentation - August 2017

Institutional Effectiveness Planning Handout for Deans and Chairs

Nuventive Improve Information - Nuventive Improve is the new software we plan to begin using this fall which will replace Compliance Assist. This document provides an overview of the software's capabilities.

Principles of Good Practice for Assessing Student Learning (American Association of Higher Education)

IE Report and Plan Timeline for Academic Departments

Student Learning Outcomes Resources

IER Template for Fall 2017

IER Part 1 Feedback Checklist (for Deans and Directors)

IE Committee Evaluation Form (Part 2 of IER)

Assessment Commons - Internet Resources for Higher Education Outcomes Assessment

How to Make our Conversations about Teaching More Productive