What is Institutional Effectiveness?
The Loyola University Chicago Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE) aims to support a coordinated and collaborative process to plan and enact strategies based on accurate empirical data that has been critically interpreted and discussed widely. OIE will work to facilitate this process which must be both responsive and timely in light of changing contexts but also ground in a steadfast and shared commitment to the learning outcomes for Loyola students and the mission of the University to build a more just, humane, and sustainable world.
The American Council on Education (ACE) offers a succinct and compelling explanation that explains why Loyola embraces “institutional effectiveness.”
The dynamism and fluidity of current trends and those yet unimagined will continue to influence and shape higher education’s future. The degree to which institutions can harness their resources to achieve their objectives will depend upon the clarity of these objectives and the institution’s willingness to set priorities and solve its problems. This requires assessing current status, designing a change process, developing and educating senior leaders, and the obligation and nimbleness to make significant widespread change at all levels. (ACE, 2017)
In order to carry out these aims, OIE serves as the official clearinghouse for accurate and reliable university data. Its staff carry out institutional research efforts that serve Loyola stakeholders but also external reporting requirements for government and accreditation bodies. Clear and accessible reporting on enrollment and program quality is another critical responsibility. OIE also supports the campus community with ongoing evaluation of its academic efforts and assessment of student learning at the undergraduate and graduate levels.