News

November 1,2016

Many units campus-wide have attended training and/or workshops this year and are in the process of updating their operational and assessment plans. The office of Institutional Effectiveness is assisting units with this process so that the university is in compliance with SACSCOC requirements as they relate to Institutional Effectiveness and prepared for the upcoming SACSCOC Fifth Year Interim Report.

SACSCOC defines Institutional Effectiveness as the "systematic, explicit, and documented process of measuring performance against mission in all aspects of an institution...." and stresses the importance of Institutional Effectiveness as follows: "A commitment to continuous improvement is at the heart of an ongoing planning and evaluation process. It is a continuous, cyclical process that is participative, flexible, relevant, and responsive." Resource Manual, SACSCOC (Revised 2012).

If you are in a unit leadership position (Director/Department Head/Chief Officer/Vice President, etc.) and have not attended training this year, please contact Kim Presson in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness (8142 or kpresson@jsu.edu) to schedule training.

Announcing PRISM Workshops in Preparation for Upcoming SACSCOC 5th Year Report

March 4, 2016

As we approach the submission of the 5th Year Interim Report it is time to reevaluate and update our operational and assessment plans so that each unit has at least 3 years of substantial data showing work towards continuous improvement, leading to compliance in the area of Institutional Effectiveness.

SACSCOC defines Institutional Effectiveness as the "systematic, explicit, and documented process of measuring performance against mission in all aspects of an institution...." and stresses the importance of Institutional Effectiveness as follows: "A commitment to continuous improvement is at the heart of an ongoing planning and evaluation process. It is a continuous, cyclical process that is participative, flexible, relevant, and responsive." Resource Manual, SACSCOC (Revised 2012).

With the upcoming 5th Year Report submission approaching, Kim Presson, Coordinator in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness will begin hosting individual department PRISM Workshops for all academic and administrative units on campus. These workshops will combine the knowledge of the leadership team of the specific unit or department as the expert in the field, with the knowledge of the Coordinator of Institutional Effectiveness (IE) as a trained SACSCOC Institutional Effectiveness reviewer. In this arrangement, the IE Coordinator works with the unit or departmental planning and assessment team in order to develop operational and assessment plans, and then assist the unit/department with how to structure the plans so they comply with SACSCOC requirements.

All academic and administrative units will be able to begin scheduling PRISM workshops now for the months of April through August 2016, so that all new plans are in place October 1, 2016.

To schedule your unit's workshop, please contact Kim Presson at 256-782-8142 or kpresson@jsu.edu.