Institutional Effectiveness at William & Mary
Institutional Effectiveness at W&M
The SACS review process focuses on quality enhancement. It begins with an audit of compliance requirements. However, the central concern is with organizing to achieve institutional effectiveness. SACS Core Requirement #5 specifies that "The institution engages in ongoing, integrated, and institution-wide research-based planning and evaluation processes that incorporate a systematic review of programs and services that (a) results in continuing improvement and (b) demonstrates that the institution is effectively accomplishing its mission."
In addition, Comprehensive Standard #16 requires that "The institution identifies expected outcomes for its educational programs and its administrative and educational support services; assesses whether it achieves these outcomes; and provides evidence of improvement based on analysis of those results."
In order to meet these standards, W&M has developed a model that documents the Process of Institutional Effectiveness (PIE). Academic PIEs emphasize Expectations for Student Learning and Administrative PIEs emphasize Objectives related to the unit's purpose.