Institutional Effectiveness

Michael O'Donnell

Institutional Effectiveness

Ensuring the integrity of the teaching and learning process

Institutional effectiveness is an important concept in higher education with a simple, but vital, purpose – to ensure the integrity of the teaching and learning process. To receive and maintain accreditation by one of our nation’s regional accrediting boards, a college or university must demonstrate how it answers the question: Do the achieved results of your higher education institution fulfill its stated institutional mission and goals? 

For UVa-Wise, the accrediting body is the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges  (SACSCOC).  SACSCOC requires that UVa-Wise meet the following comprehensive standard:

The institution engages in ongoing, integrated, and institution-wide research-based planning and evaluation processes that (1) incorporate a systematic review of instiutitional mission, goals, and outcomes; (2) result in continuing imporvement in institutional quality; and (3) demonstrate the instiuttion is effectively accomplishing its mission.

The College’s institutional effectiveness process includes seven major components: mission/goals, strategic plan, annual planning and assessment, budgeting, program review, and master plan.

View a schematic of the institutional process.

The documents you will find on these pages reflect our best hopes for ourselves as well as for those we serve – our students and the citizens of our region and the Commonwealth.