Institutional Effectiveness - Assessment

Institutional Effectiveness - Assessment

Institutional Effectiveness


"Institutional effectiveness" refers to how well an institution is achieving its mission and goals. An effective institution is characterized by a clearly defined mission that articulates who it serves, what it aspires to be, and what it values (Middaugh, 2010). Likewise, an effective institution has clear goals that are broadly communicated to its stakeholders, and decision-making is evidence-based and mission focused.

A task force on institutional effectiveness was formed in November 2017 at the request of President Casamento.  The task force has been charged with the following: 
  • research models of institutional effectiveness at peer institutions and identify best practices;
  • recommend  clear processes that capitalize on the College's current processes and structures;
  • propose an institutional effectiveness plan that outlines expectations; 
  • recommend a committee structure to oversee processes related to assessment, decision-making, and continuous improvement. 


Ann Damiano, Chair
Brandi Dodge (Finance)
Brandy Gray (Institutional Research)
Erin Knight (Athletics)
Carl Lohman (Student Affairs)
Donna Shaffner (Enrollment)
Fran Vescio (Academic Affairs)
Andrew Carr (faculty)
Deanna Errico (faculty)
Wendy Moore (faculty)
James Scannell (faculty)
Xiao Xiao (faculty)

Meeting Minutes
November 21, 2017
January 16, 2018
January 30, 2018
February 6, 2018
February 13, 2018
February 20, 2018
February 27, 2018
March 6, 2018
March 27, 2018
March 20, 2018
April 3, 2018
April 17, 2018

Final Report to the College President

The task force's findings and recommendations are outlined in a final report submitted to President Laura Casamento in April 2018. To view this report, click here. 

Institutional Effectiveness Committee

The Institutional Effectiveness Committee (IEC) was formed in 2018 - 2019 following a recommendation from the President's Task Force on Institutional Effectiveness.  This committee was created for the following purposes:
  • to review institutional assessment processes, particularly with reference to how assessment results may be used to inform planning and resource allocations;
  • to facilitates the process by which operations, units, or persons report progress on institutional initiatives;
  • to monitor the Middle States document roadmap and chart progress on recommendations made during the 2018 self-study process.  
The Institutional Effectiveness Committee (IEC) reports semi-annually to the College President and, at the President's request, may report to the Board of Trustees. 

 Fall 2018 IEC Report to the College President

Spring 2019 IEC Report to the College President


Standing members on the IEC include the Vice President for Institutional Planning, the Dean for Academic Assessment, and the Associate Vice President for IT and Institutional Research.  Seven additional members serve on a 3-year cycle:  4 from the full-time faculty (one representing each school and one representing online offerings); 1 from a co-curricular unit and 1 from Athletics; and 1 member from either advancement/alumni or career services.  

Guide to Institutional Effectiveness: 2018 - 2019

Agendas: 2018 - 2019

September 6, 2018
September 25, 2018
October 16, 2018
October 30, 2018
November 6, 2018
November 20, 2018 
December 4, 2018
January 15, 2019
January 29, 2019
February 12, 2019
March 26, 2019 

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Ann E. Damiano

Ann E. Damiano

Dean of Academic Assessment
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