Institutional Effectiveness Model

The Institutional Effectiveness Model involves three broad activities: planning, assessment, and innovation. These activities drive the improvement cycle within a learning organization, including five steps:

  1. Developing mission, vision, and goals
  2. Planning assessment and evaluation
  3. Guiding and supporting implementation
  4. Collecting and analyzing data
  5. Using the results of data analysis inform continuous improvement
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The Institutional Effectiveness Model was developed from a traditional institutional research model by integrating multiple functions focused on institutional performance and quality (Seymour & Bourgeois, 2018).

These integrated functions include institutional research, accreditation, regulatory compliance, outcomes assessment, planning, and program evaluation. This integration enhances an institution’s capacity to use data and assessment results to improve programs, services, and quality across missions. Information is no longer collected, reported, and archived strictly for compliance, but it is recognized and used as a key asset to inform ongoing institutional improvement.

This new focus on data-informed decision-making is now considered a best-practice in higher education and increasingly has become an expectation by institutional and professional accrediting agencies.