Assessing Institutional Effectiveness

MMC is committed to ongoing institutional effectiveness assessment informed by the College’s mission and strategic vision.

This process is guided by the Institutional Effectiveness Committee and the Learning Assessment Committee, which work closely with academic departments each year to produce Academic Program Assessment Reports, Non-Instructional Department and Office Assessment Reports, and Learning Assessment Reports. In these reports, faculty and staff members document program-level, department-level, and office-level goals and priorities, including how they are linked to the Mission and Strategic Plan. These annual assessments also track the program, department, and office’s progress in advancing these goals. By embedding these questions into these reports, the College ensures continuous dialogue between academic programs and non-instructional departments and offices with the Mission and institutional goals as articulated in the Strategic Plan.     

The Institutional Effectiveness Committee

The Institutional Effectiveness Committee is charged with leading assessment of all non-academic departments and offices. Co-Chaired by the VPAA/Dean and the Assistant Vice President/Dean of Academic Excellence and Senior Advisor to the President, this committee includes a representative from each of the College’s administrative divisions: Academic Affairs, Student Success and Engagement, Finance and Administration, Institutional Advancement, and the President’s Office. Each committee member is charged with guiding the departments and offices in their respective divisions through the process of completing an annual assessment form, which asks the department or office to identify its key goals for the academic year, to link those goals to the Strategic Plan, to summarize progress on accomplishing those goals, and to identify goals for the upcoming academic year.

Once all reports are submitted, the Institutional Effectiveness Committee reviews them, provides feedback to the department/office, and prepares an Executive Summary of the findings for that year. This summary identifies common issues, questions, and challenges in departments and offices across the College, highlights major accomplishments, and makes recommendations for continued improvement of institutional effectiveness.

For more information about the Institutional Effectiveness Committee, contact Vice President for Academic Affairs/Dean of the Faculty, Peter Naccarato at pnaccarato@mmm.edu.

The Learning Assessment Committee

Academic program assessment and assessment of student learning is coordinated by the Assessment of Learning Committee, chaired by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. The work of this committee guides faculty in the development of academic program learning goals, program assessment, and curriculum development. This committee works with faculty across academic departments to coordinate annual learning assessments. The results of annual learning assessments are incorporated into Academic Program Assessment Reports and inform each program’s assessment of its annual goals and its contribution to advancing the Mission and institutional goals. These reports also outline each program’s plans for curriculum development and ask faculty to speak to how those plans align with the Strategic Plan. Thus, the institutional priorities that are embedded the Strategic Plan inform educational planning at the program level. This ensures that there is an ongoing conversation between the College’s Mission, its overall goals and priorities, and those of each academic program.  

For more information about the Learning Assessment Committee, contact Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Laura Tropp at ltropp@mmm.edu.

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