Institutional Effectiveness


Institutional Effectiveness Plans. Each separate location or branch of an institution must have on file a Branch Effectiveness Plan (BEP) (for branches of a main institution) or the Institutional Effectiveness Plan (IEP) (if it is either the main location or the only location for the institution).

These plans should:

  • describe the characteristics of the programs offered
  • the student population
  • what types of data will be used for assessment
  • identify outcomes
  • state how continuous improvement will be made to improve or enhance outcomes at the location

For the BEP or IEP, the following six elements, at a minimum, will be evaluated for institutional effectiveness:

  1. student retention rates;
  2. student placement rates;
  3. level of graduate satisfaction;
  4. level of employer satisfaction;
  5. student learning outcomes; and
  6. graduation rates [when available].

In compiling the data needed to assess the five elements, each location shall:

  • identify and describe how the data were collected
  • the rationale for using each type of data
  • a summary and analysis of the data collected
  • an explanation of how the data have been used to improve educational processes.

In addition, baseline data must be identified for each of the five elements.

For example, the data needed to demonstrate student learning outcomes includes baseline data and data to support that student learning has occurred. Examples of data may include, but are not limited to, course grades, GPA, CGPA, pre- and post-tests, entrance assessments, portfolios, standardized tests, professional licensure examinations, international proficiency exams, and other measures of skill and competency attainment. Placement data should not be used exclusively to validate student learning outcomes.

Each campus shall publish annual placement and retention goals. In formulating these goals, the campus shall take into account the retention and placement rates from the previous three Campus Accountability Reports and the specific activities that will be undertaken to meet those goals. The activities must demonstrate the campus’ ability to maintain or improve retention and placement outcomes each year.

Institutions are encouraged to include additional information in their plan which is relevant to improving their overall effectiveness.

Implementation and Monitoring of Branch and Institutional Effectiveness Plans. 

Institutional Effectiveness Plans.  Institutions and all branches shall document that the specific activities listed in the plan are carried out and that periodic progress reports are completed to ensure that the plan's activities are implemented. Appropriate individuals should be assigned responsibility for implementing and monitoring the Branch and Institutional Effectiveness Plans.

Evaluation of Branch and Institutional Effectiveness Plans. Institutions and all branches shall evaluate the plan, its goals, and activities at least annually. Evaluation requires the determination of initial baseline rates and a measurement of results after planned activities have occurred. Institutions and all branches shall maintain documentation of historical outcomes and show evidence of how this documentation is used to achieve expected goals. Institutions and all branches should adjust their goals accordingly as a result of an evaluation of the Institutional and Branch Effectiveness Plans.