In higher education, Institutional Effectiveness (IE) is not limited to assessment of student learning. It also involves all non-instructional components that either directly or indirectly contribute to student success. It acknowledges that, while academic departments deliver educational content and administrative units carry out the business of education, a well-rounded educational experience also includes co-curricular and service activities which influence and shape student intellectual, social, psychological, and personal development.
In 2011, Aultman College began an initiative to evolve its Institutional Effectiveness function and formalize the assessment work that was already taking place at the college. Building upon the college's original Institutional Assessment Plan, the work of the Institutional Assessment Council, and input from college stakeholders, a new Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment Plan was developed and presented to the college community. The purpose of the Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment Plan
(IEAP) is to communicate our systematic, ongoing process of collecting
and analyzing information, which is used to improve the overall
effectiveness of the college. It is grounded in our mission and guided
by our strategic plan, which incorporates the goals of all college