The re-visioning of Samford University’s office of Institutional Effectiveness reimagined the collaboration of Institutional Research and Effectiveness experts to build a better institutional assessment system. The expanding role of Institutional Research is evolving toward an amalgam of data skills, strategic planning, outcomes assessment, and advocacy improvement. This session will explain how Samford reorganized across disciplines, academic units, and non-academic units within the institution to foster a culture of collaboration and shared responsibility for assessment. Learn how Samford leveraged Taskstream to complete transitions and reorganization of historical assessments, annual reviews, academic program reviews, and strategic planning and accreditation self-studies. In addition, learn how new standards for data governance were established and reinforced. These actions connected information users with information they needed for data driven decisions and, rather than simply providing units with data, the institutional assessment plan proactively supports transformation and change for the future.

Ben Coulter, Ed.D.
Dr. Katrina Mintz
Samford University

Grand Ballroom B, 2016 SAIR Conference