Institutional Effectiveness


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.  A schematic of the institutional process can be viewed below or downloaded here.


IE Schematic

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.