Ƶ’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness & Planning coordinates the functions of accreditation, assessment, institutional research, and planning. Utilizing a data-informed decision-making process, institutional effectiveness at Ƶ emphasizes continuous improvement and data-informed decision making. Reaccreditation, continuous improvement of programs and services, and progress in meeting the College’s mission and vision are emphasized in the work of this office.

The Office of Institutional Effectiveness & Planning

  • Assists the Ƶ community in engaging in ongoing, integrated, and institution-wide research-based planning and evaluation processes
  • Facilitates a systematic review of programs and services that results in continuous improvement and demonstrates that Ƶ is effectively accomplishing its mission
  • Provides support for institutional research and assists in the collection and analysis of data to support strategic planning and assessment
  • Provides leadership and direction for the College-wide strategic planning process
  • Supports processes and direction for accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission and provide support for specialized accreditation reporting of divisions
  • Assists with state and federal reporting
  • Assists faculty and staff in identifying and assessing expected outcomes for educational programs, academic and student support services, administrative support services, and community public service.
  • Assists faculty and staff in identifying and providing evidence of improvement based on the expected outcomes for their course, program, or service

ACCREDITATION – Accreditation material, including information about The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), Assurance Argument (formerly the Systems Portfolio), and other improvement initiatives, are located here.

ASSESSMENT – Assessment information regarding student learning outcomes, assessment plans, activities and resources, and use of student learning evidence is available.

INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH – College-wide survey results, IR data request form, Institutional Review Board (IRB) Form, and other information related to institutional research are available upon request.

STRATEGIC PLANNING – Ƶ’s Strategic Plan and other planning information is provided. Click here for more information

Institutional Glossary

Ƶ has created an Institutional Glossary as a reference for terms, College divisions, and initiatives. This version was approved by the College Council in spring 2023.

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