Institutional Effectiveness

Institutional effectiveness reflects the extent to which and the quality with which an institution achieves its expectations*. The mission of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE) is to support institutional effectiveness efforts at the Academy by promoting a culture of data-driven decision making and continuous improvement through the planning, coordination, and implementation of institutional research and assessment practices.

"The source of an institution's success, like a student's success, is its
ability to learn and improve over time" (Tinto, 2012).

The primary goal of OIE is to oversee the collection, analysis, and distribution of institutional data to support strategic planning, decision making, program development, assessment of student learning, accreditation, and program review. In keeping with established codes of ethics and professional practice, the Office strives to fulfill its duties in a professionally responsible manner. The main objectives of OIE are as follows:

  • To execute the collection and reporting of data and key indicators for internal and external use (both mandatory and voluntary reporting).
  • To execute the administration, analysis and/or reporting of surveys and evaluations for internal and external use.
  • To support the assessment of student learning outcomes.
  • To monitor success in meeting targets for performance indicators and achievement of student learning outcomes.
  • To perform analysis of institutional data and related data (e.g., peer or benchmarking data) for continued improvement.
  • To support strategic planning, program development and review, and accreditation efforts.
  • To promote a systematic, well-documented approach to maintaining and reporting official Academy information and data.

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*Adapted from Brint, S., & Clotfelter, C. (2016). U.S. higher education effectiveness. RSF: The Russel Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, 2(1), 2-37.