Office of Institutional Research, Assessment and Effectiveness

Institutional effectiveness is the systematic, explicit, and documented process of measuring performance against mission in all aspects of an institution (SACSCOC Resource Manual, 2012).

Samford University's commitment to collaborative, cyclic and integrative improvement provides the means to make evidence-based decisions for its administrative, educational support, and academic functions.

Departments

The offices of the Assistant Provost for Assessment and Accreditation and the Office of Institutional Research, Assessment and Effectiveness (OIRAE) facilitate institutional effectiveness processes at Samford University. A listing of the personnel, their respective roles, and contact information are located on the "Contact Us" page.

Model

Institutional Effectiveness at Samford University revolves predominately around the five key processes (AIR, 2012) highlighted in the model below. The Assistant Provost for Assessment and Accreditation and OIRAE utilize these processes to enable academic, administrative and educational support units to make the best decisions possible in order to efficiently manage the University, contribute to the global community, and to enhance student learning. Webpages within this site address many of these processes. The Assistant Provost for Assessment and Accreditation and OIRAE personnel work closely with the Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) and the Director of Strategic and Applied Analytics to facilitate institutional strategic planning and data analysis.

Institutional Effectiveness Model Graphic