Institutional effectiveness is the process of articulating a mission, setting objectives,
and using data to form assessments in an ongoing cycle of goal setting and planning
in order to measure both institutional and academic quality. Institutional quality
is determined by appropriateness of mission and objectives, effective use of resources
to achieve objectives, and the degree to which objectives are achieved. Academic quality
is determined through student learning assessment and outcomes, retention, placement,
graduate satisfaction, and employer satisfaction.
At Utah Valley University, the Department of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning
helps to identify key objectives for the institution and determines indicators to
measure progress made in achieving those objectives. We also assist departments in
developing objectives and goals that align to their departmental mission and to the
institutional mission. Furthermore, we assist in determining methods of assessment
that shape improvement, innovation and sustainability initiatives as well as review
planning, assessment and progress reports on a yearly cycle.
Over the past several years the University has made significant progress in utilizing
planning and assessment efforts in program review, improvement, and development. A
recent reorganization within Academic Affairs, combined with a new Academic Assessment
Specialist position, provides greater energy and focus toward academic program assessment
and student learning outcomes. Discussion is underway with academic leadership and
the Department of Institutional Effectiveness to further define and support systematic
assessment for program improvement and to better communicate student learning outcomes
and assessment results.
To strengthen the link of planning and assessment to resource allocation, President
Holland has directed leaders to more strategically align resource requests with UVU's
core theme objectives and administrative imperatives and to provide evidence of need
through the use of assessment.