The IE Process

Central Texas College's institutional effectiveness process:

  • Uses a process which adapts the assessment model developed by Dr. James O. Nichols

Institutional effectiveness is completed on an annual basis and is comprised of three basic parts:

  1. Planning - The planning phase is completed prior to or at the start of the academic or fiscal year and is generally referred to as the improvement plan. The improvement plan includes outcomes, a target or goal, a timeline, the assessment criteria, and the responsible person(s).
  2. Assessment - The assessment phase is completed at the end of the academic or fiscal year and is generally referred to as the IE results. The results include a summary of the results, identification of whether the target was achieved, and recommendations. These recommendations illustrate how the results will be used for continuous quality improvement.
  3. Review - The review phase is completed by supervisors across campus. When a department submits its finished work, the supervisor for the department reviews the plan and assessment, providing any feedback as to the completeness and quality of the annual IE plan. The department then has the opportunity to respond to the feedback before the review is finally approved.

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