Institutional Effectiveness Committee
Introduction | What is Institutional Effectiveness | What is the Institutional Effectiveness Committee


Barry University invites the university community to use this website to stay up-to-date with several key initiatives. First, the Institutional Effectiveness Committee (IEC) will provide you with news regarding our assessment program and activities. In addition, the IEC will share information with you on our progress toward preparing for our Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges reaffirmation of accreditation study and visit.

What is Institutional Effectiveness

Institutional Effectiveness is the university-specific process that has been implemented to support continuous improvement of all aspects of the University. As a course of action, Institutional Effectiveness serves as the systematic approach for measuring performance against the University’s mission. Institutional Effectiveness includes many things: assessment, strategic and program planning, and resource allocation, to name a few. This comprehensive approach to measuring our outcomes is for use by all aspects of University-life: academic programs, administrative and educational support services, research, and community and public service.

Our accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC), offers this explanation: institutional effectiveness encompasses the extent to which an institution identifies expected outcomes, assesses the extent to which it achieves these outcomes, and provides evidence of improvement based on analysis of the results in each of the following areas: educational programs, to include student learning outcomes; administrative support services; educational support services; research within its educational mission, if appropriate; and community/public service within its educational mission, if appropriate.

Since 2008, the Institutional Effectiveness Committee have been laying the ground work and providing structure for Institutional Effectiveness at Barry University. Although this framework may be new to some, we are now in a position to re-introduce Institutional Effectiveness to the university community, as it will touch every facet of the university life. We feel confident that we have created a strong foundation in order to effectively implement these assessments for the sole purpose of continually enhancing our programs.


What is the Institutional Effectiveness Committee

The Institutional Effectiveness Committee (IEC) is the working body that ensures we are staying on course with SACS – COC accreditation standards, thereby supporting achievement of the University’s Strategic Agenda Goals for 2011-2016.

The IEC is comprised of representatives from every facet of university life Including faculty, staff, and administration – from the main campus and from all of our off campus sites. Since 2008 the co-chairs of the Institutional Effectiveness Committee, Dr. John J. McFadden and Dr. Christopher Starratt, have been working with the committee to lay the ground work and provide structure for monitoring institutional effectiveness at Barry University.

The IEC is divided into four functional subcommittees: Educational Programs, Administrative Support, Educational Support, and Research/Service.

The IEC, as currently constituted, provides a strong foundation for monitoring and supporting University efforts to develop and assess goal -related outcomes in a way that will lead to continued enhancement of program and service quality.


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