Assessment at Utica College

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


Ann E. Damiano
Dean of Academic Assessment
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