Institutional Effectiveness

Bibb Graves Hall

Mission Statement

The mission of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness is to lead, coordinate and support the continuous improvement components at Jacksonville State University, which support the University’s mission and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) compliance in Institutional Effectiveness. These components include University Strategic Planning, departmental/unit level Operational and Assessment plans, Program Review and SACSCOC Compliance Certification and Fifth Year Interim Reports.

In addition, the Office of Institutional Effectiveness is responsible for:

- System administration of PRISM/Compliance Assist, which is used for accreditation reporting, operational and assessment planning and program review

- Management of the submission of the SACSCOC Compliance Certification and Fifth Year Interim Reports

- Publication of university data in the form of the Fact Book and Enrollment and Assessment Quick Facts

- Training of Division, College, Department and Academic Unit in the development of operational and unit level assessment plans, and the technical use of PRISM/Compliance Assist, Tableau Server and Program Review

- Managing the on-going process of institutional assessment by coordinating and assisting with assessment activities and other continuous improvement needs at various levels    

Institutional Effectiveness and JSU

Institutional Effectiveness is a term that is used to describe the system and processes in which JSU makes continuous improvement a priority. JSU’s system of continuous improvement interrelates Strategic Planning, Institutional Research, Assessment of Student Learning, Operational Planning, and Program Review, as described in the JSU Continuous Improvement Policy.

JSU is committed to the continuous improvement process which is driven by JSU's core values and supports a mission focused on improved learning and an improved learning environment for JSU students. This system of continuous improvement provides a framework of operation that makes JSU's strengths visible, enables informed decision making, and fuels efficiency. The Mission Statement and Goals direct the Strategic Plan, departmental goals and objectives, and therefore, influence recommendations for funding, operations, and learning outcomes.

Institutional Effectiveness and SACSCOC Accreditation

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).

JSU's commitment to continuous improvement is built on a structure that is guided by the following Core Requirement and Comprehensive Standard related to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Institutional Effectiveness standards:

SACSCOC Core Requirement 2.5:
The institution engages in ongoing, integrated, and institution-wide research-based planning and
evaluation processes that (1) incorporate a systematic review of institutional mission, goals, and outcomes;
(2) result in continuing improvement in institutional quality; and (3) demonstrate the institution
is effectively accomplishing its mission.

SACSCOC Comprehensive Standard 3.3.1:
The 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 Academic and student support services Research within its mission, if appropriate Community/public service within its mission, if appropriate