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About Institutional Effectiveness

An institutional effectiveness program is a continuous and integrated system for planning, implementing, assessing, analyzing, and improving college programs and services in fulfillment of the college’s stated mission. Navarro College uses the institutional effectiveness process to determine whether programs and services are doing what they were intended to do, how well they are accomplishing their stated mission and where there is room for improvement based on the analysis of measurable outcomes.

In 1985, the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (COC/SACS) began using the term “institutional effectiveness” to mean “outcomes assessment.” Today, institutional effectiveness is at the heart of SACS accreditation process with one core requirement and multiple comprehensive standards focusing on assessment, evaluation and use of results for institutional improvement.