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Institutional effectiveness is integral to the maintenance and development of high-quality academic programs and support services. It is the systematic process of collecting, analyzing, and acting on data and information relating to the goals and expected outcomes developed to support the University’s role, scope, and mission. Institutional effectiveness is a process that uses outcome assessment results to aid in decision-making and improvement. The process ensures the University will continually seek to improve students’ educational experiences and outcomes. Institutional effectiveness is important to University stakeholders as well as to institutional and specialized, program-specific accreditation.
These guidelines provide procedures for accomplishing the two general reasons for institutional effectiveness: improvement and accountability. The guidelines provide direction for ensuring the University will identify, evaluate, and publish university-wide student achievement goals and outcomes appropriate to the University’s mission. They ensure the use of evidence-based means for continually seeking improvements in student outcomes within each degree and credit-bearing certificate program, General Education, and critical academic and student support services.
These guidelines apply to the identification and evaluation of overarching, university-wide student achievement goals and outcomes as well as to each degree and credit-bearing certificate program and to academic and student support services that play a substantial role in furthering the mission of the University.
University-Wide Student Achievement Goals and Outcomes
As a representative university-wide body, the University Planning Council (UPC) is responsible for identifying the overarching, University-wide student achievement goals and the means and timelines for assessing those goals. Working with the University President, Provost, Director of Institutional Effectiveness, SACSCOC liaison, and other individuals as appropriate, the Director of Institutional Research is responsible for data collection and analyses. The Director of Institutional Research, the Director of Institutional Effectiveness, and the SACSCOC liaison are responsible for ensuring the accurate and current publication of the university-wide student achievement goals and outcomes on the University’s website.
Student Outcomes: Educational Programs, General Education, and Academic and Student Services
The Institutional Effectiveness Cycle
The institutional effectiveness process includes an ongoing planning- assessment- improvement cycle. Each instructional program and unit (administrative, educational support, research, and public service) is required to define outcomes, perform an annual assessment of its degree programs or operations, and report results and improvements from this self-assessment.
Academic and support units are expected to complete assessment of all outcomes within a three-year cycle. However, findings and improvements based on results are reported yearly in WEAVE, an assessment and planning management system that houses all assessment plans and reports for Southeastern Louisiana University.
Institutional Effectiveness Model
Southeastern has developed a standardized process for implementing and reporting assessment activities that provides consistency and uniformity among the diverse reporting units. All units use a conceptual model for assessment plans/reports that includes:
General Education: Special Note
The Louisiana Board of Regents identifies General Education requirements for all state universities, and Southeastern identifies expected outcomes in relation to those requirements. The General Education Assessment Committee and the Director of Institutional Effectiveness are responsible for ensuring the expected outcomes are assessed, the results are documented and reported, and the results are used to improve the effectiveness of General Education requirements.
The assessment process is coordinated by the Director of Institutional Effectiveness through the Institutional Effectiveness Committee, the University Academic Assessment Committee, the University Support Services Committee, and the General Education Assessment Committee. The Provost appoints the members of each committee.
The Institutional Effectiveness Committee is charged with developing, reviewing, and recommending policies and procedures for institutional effectiveness. On a periodic basis, the committee reviews the University's institutional effectiveness policies and procedures to determine what revisions, additions, and clarifications are needed.
All academic programs (degree and credit-bearing certificate programs), academic and student support services, and General Education assessment plans and reports are peer reviewed by the appropriate assessment committee using defined criteria to increase the reliability of feedback given to the units. The University Academic Assessment Committee evaluates all academic plans and reports. The University Support Unit Assessment Committee evaluates assessment plans and reports of non-degree-granting units that play a substantial role in furthering the University’s mission. The General Education Assessment Committee evaluates the General Education assessment plan reports. The Provost appoints members to these committees.
Assessment Review Schedule
March 15 - University Assessment Committees
April 15 – Program/Unit Assessment Coordinators
April 30 - Department Heads
May 10 - Deans
May 13 - June 1 - Director of Institutional Effectiveness
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