ERIC Number: ED491052
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jul
Institutional Effectiveness: A Guide to Implementation
Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
Institutional effectiveness is "the process of articulating the mission, setting goals, and using data to form assessments in an ongoing cycle of goal setting and planning" (Grossman & Duncan, 1989). This definition encapsulates the intent of the ACICS criteria and expectations for the Institutional Effectiveness Plan (IEP) of accredited institutions. The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) published criteria on institutional effectiveness in 1991. The criteria focus on educational outcomes and improvement of those outcomes. The outcomes include retention, placement, graduate satisfaction and employer satisfaction. Institutions are required to document continuous improvement through a written Institutional Effectiveness Plan. This monograph provides a brief background of ACICS's approach to institutional effectiveness, the purpose of the IEP, a discussion of ACICS Accreditation Criteria Sections, and a "How to" section of key terms, and references. The Best practices section is an exciting new addition to this revision. The section includes guidance and examples for developing the IEP; establishing benchmarks, selecting and imterpreting data; inplementing the IEP documenting progress, and reviewing, assessing and evaluating the IEP.
Descriptors: Goal Orientation, Accreditation (Institutions), Institutional Evaluation, Educational Planning, Educational Assessment, Instructional Effectiveness, Outcomes of Education, School Effectiveness, School Holding Power, Check Lists
Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), 750 First Street, NE, Suite 980, Washington, DC 20002-4241. Tel: 202-336-6780; Fax: 202-842-2593.
Publication Type: Guides - General; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, Washington, DC.