As noted in the SACSCOC's "Principles
of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement," there is a decided
focus on improving the quality of the institution, its programs, and
the services that support those programs. This is to be accomplished by
an institution through continuing improvement and effectively accomplishing
its mission. A more in-depth analsis of the SACSCOC criteria in the document
Role of Institutional Mission and Institutional Effectiveness in SACSCOC's
Reaffirmation of Accreditation (pdf)."
Institutional effectiveness is the term used to describe
how well an institution is effectively accomplishing its mission and
the criteria that refer to institutional effectiveness are focused largely
on Comprehensive Standard 3.3.1 that states: The institution identifies
expected outcomes for its educational programs and its administrative
and education support services; assesses whether it achieves thses outcomes;
and provides evidence of improvement based on analysis of those results. Thus,
the outcomes-based approach is to be used for evaluating both educational
programs as well as administrative and educational support services.
In both cases, outcomes (or goals) are to be established for each program
or each support service and then assessments used to show whether those
outcomes are being achieved at the desired levels. Changes in these programs
are assessed to determine if improvements have resulted.
Information provided here describes how this is accomplished in educational
programs as well as in administrative and educational support service units.
Refers to undergraduate and graduate degree programs
Administrative and Educational Support Service Units
Refers to a broad array of units across campus