A View of Institutional Effectiveness
Institutional Effectiveness Defined
Institutional Effectiveness (IE), a practical and applied definition:
Informed by the mission and core values of the institution, Institutional Effectiveness consists of a set of ongoing and systematic institutional processes and practices that include integrated strategic and operational planning, allocation of budget and resources, the evaluation of programs and services (including administration), the identification and measurement of outcomes across all institutional units (including student learning and development outcomes in instructional programs), and the use of data and assessment results to inform decision-making. All of these activities are accomplished with the purpose of improving programs and services and increasing student success and institutional quality. The unit of analysis is the institution.
The work of institutional effectiveness at John Carroll University is informed by our Catholic, Jesuit mission, and vision, institutional core values, and University Learning Goals. With these as our guide, the new direction for institutional effectiveness seeks to
- foster collaboration across campus units to become a mission-driven and data-informed institution;
- provide ample opportunity for community members to craft programs that advance academic excellence and foster student learning and development;
- use institutional performance measures to link student learning outcomes data to institutional planning and budgeting, resource allocation, and priority setting;
- monitor environmental trends that extend our distinctive competitive advantage while attending to both internal challenges and external environmental threats;
- model collaboration and transparency in the use of institutional performance data; and
- promote a campus culture of continuous improvement to insure institutional vitality and operational excellence.