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Institutional Effectiveness: Bite-Sized and Jargon Free (Mostly)

May 4, 2018 - Courtyard by Marriott - Philadelphia Downtown - Philadelphia, PA


Philadelphia Skyline · Photo by Bob Krist - Courtesy of Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau.


About the Workshop

Institutional effectiveness reflects the degree to which a college or university is achieving its institutional mission. The increasing prevalence of the term means that higher education institutions will need to better integrate assessment, planning and resource allocation for the purpose of improving student learning and the environment for student success. Sound complicated? It doesn’t have to be.

This workshop will assist colleges and university faculty, staff, and administrators in understanding that their institutions already possess all the elements required to design and implement an institutional effectiveness system. At issue is the lack of an integrated planning approach and institutional effectiveness system that allows the institution to “connect the dots.” As a result, institutions often maintain numerous, disjointed assessment and planning processes and struggle to communicate their alignment and document mission achievement. This workshop will take participants, step-by-step, through the development, implementation, and evaluation of an institutional effectiveness system designed to enhance student learning and success.

This is an intermediate level workshop. The anticipate audience will include faculty, staff, and administrators with planning, institutional effectiveness, and accreditation responsibilities.

Objectives - As a result of attending this session, participants will be able to:

•Provide their own contextual definition of institutional effectiveness

•Explain the connection between institutional effectiveness, student learning, and supporting the environment for student success

•Utilize an integrated planning framework to design a system that connects assessment, planning, and resource allocation

•Demonstrate the role of strategic and operational planning in impacting institutional effectiveness

•Understand how institutional effectiveness’ is connected to the MSCHE standards


Christopher Shults, Dean for Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Planning, Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY    


7:30 - 8:30 A.M.               Registration/Continental Breakfast

8:30 A.M. - 12 Noon         Workshop

12 noon - 1:00 P.M.          Lunch

1:00 - 4:00 P.M.               Workshop


Registration Closed

The registration fee includes workshop materials, a continental breakfast, refreshment breaks, and lunch. Institutions may send more than one person to this workshop.

Early Registration
(Received on or before April 3, 2018):          $345 per person

Regular Registration
(Received April 4 - April 20, 2018):              $420 per person


NOTE: No on-site registration available.

Cancellations: To qualify for a refund, registrations must be canceled by April 23, 2018. A cancellation fee of $95 will be assessed, regardless of the reason for cancellation. Cancellations received after this date will not receive a refund. Contact MSCHE at (267) 284-5000.




Participants are responsible for their own accommodations. MSCHE has not reserved a block of rooms. For information regarding hotel reservations at the Courtyard by Marriott - Philadelphia Downtown click HERE. (Participants that need to book a room for this workshop are advised to make their reservations early. The hotel has limited availability.) The hotel is located at: 21 Juniper Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2680; Telephone: (267) 284-5000

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