Institutional effectiveness is a systematic evaluation of how well the needs of the local constituents, community, students, business, and industry are met through LBWCC's mission, objectives, programs, and personnel. The primary goal of institutional effectiveness is continuous improvement, which is driven by a rigorous cycle of planning and evaluation and a clear sense of accountability. The Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Quality facilitates the process--and ensures that LBWCC meets SACSCOC institutional effectiveness requirements 2.5 and 3.3--by
1. assessing how well a functional department or a division is working at meeting its expected outcomes;
2. using the resulting information to understand and improve institutional effectiveness;
3. establishing clear, measurable, expected outcomes that demonstrate institutional effectiveness;
4. implementing the best practices and processes designed to achieve those outcomes; and
5. systematically gathering, analyzing, and interpreting evidence.
An Institutional Effectiveness Committee (IEC) validates that the College engages in ongoing, integrated, and institution-wide research-based planning and evaluation processes that incorporate a systematic review of programs and services. The IEC is responsible for the oversight of planning, assessment, and evaluation of the institutional effectiveness process at LBWCC, and it advises the President on the implementation and evaluation of the strategic planning process. Responsibilities of the IEC include
1. evaluating the strategic planning processes to ensure the focus, role, and scope are appropriate to the institution;
2. reviewing assessment data to determine the effectiveness of College's strategic objectives;
3. reviewing and reporting progress toward the accomplishment of strategic goals and, ultimately, the College's mission;
4. establishing systems to gather data and input from internal and external sources and evaluating findings;
5. establishing a system to do trend analysis, both internal and external, and evaluating the impact of trends on the College; and
6. monitoring the annual plans developed by College units to ensure they are consistent with the mission of the College and units' purpose statements; that they address, where applicable, strategic goals and objectives, expected outcomes, and student learning outcomes; that plans are developed using valid data and assessment criteria; that assessment is a part of the planning process; and that the use of data results is a natural outflow of evaluation.