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Institutional Effectiveness: How an Integrative Approach Drives Achievement

Institutional Effectiveness: How an Integrative Approach Drives Achievement
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Author(s): Tiffany Rodriguez (American College of Healthcare Sciences, USA)and Tracey Abell (American College of Healthcare Sciences, USA)
Copyright: 2022
Pages: 22
Source title: Driving Innovation With For-Profit Adult Higher Education Online Institutions
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): David Stein (The Ohio State University, USA), Hilda R. Glazer (Capella University, USA)and Constance Wanstreet (Franklin University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-9098-0.ch004


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Private online institutions have bridged the gap between contemporary student needs and the offerings of traditional institutions. These institutions are attuned to student needs and focus on alignment with current and future trends for employer and societal needs through innovation, entrepreneurship, and commitment to continuous improvement. This focus on improvement begins with an integrative approach to institutional effectiveness. This chapter provides practical examples and evidence for participatory engagement models for institutional effectiveness that empower distance education institutions to deliver adaptive, innovative, engaging, and supportive education for today's diverse learners. The integrative model presented encompasses five primary pillars of institutional effectiveness: strategic planning, assessment and program review, institutional research, external feedback, and accreditation and regulatory requirements. The authors provide sample methodologies that can be implemented at various institutions to avoid silos and foster continuous input and innovation.

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