Institutional Effectiveness

There are several processes that fall under Syracuse University’s institutional effectiveness umbrella. Each is summarized below.

Strategic Planning

  • Responsibility: School/college deans, divisions, and respective teams
  • Timeframe: Drafts were due to the Provost in fall 2017. Updates and revisions are conducted on an ongoing basis. Implementation and monitoring reporting timelines to be established.

The school/college/division strategic plan is a systematic 3–5 year plan aligning with Syracuse University’s academic strategic plan. The strategic plan’s operationalization is guided by an implementation and monitoring plan. The school/college/division’s assessment results and program review contribute information to the strategic plan’s implementation.

Program Review

  • Responsibility: Deans, department chairs, and faculty
  • Timeframe: Conducted on a four- year cycle. Drafts were due to the Provost in December 2017. One quarter of each school/college’s departments are reviewed on an annual basis

The purpose of program review is to maintain a set of high-quality academic programs that support our educational objectives while making effective use of out institutional resources. Programs are reviewed on four criteria: quality, demand, cost effectiveness, and centrality to mission. Our goal is high-quality programs that are consistent with our mission, sought by students, and sustainable.

Dean’s Office Assessment and Action Plan

  • Responsibility: Deans and associate deans
  • Timeframe: Conducted on an annual basis and sent to IEA during the assessment progress reporting window, April 16-September 30.

This process assesses the academic and functional areas within schools/colleges in a comprehensive assessment plan. The assessment plan is a component to help inform the school/college’s strategic plan implementation.

Academic Program, Co-Curricular and Functional Assessment and Action Plan

  • Responsibility: Academic Program faculty, department chairs, unit/program directors, and staff
  • Timeframe: Conducted on an annual basis and sent to IEA during the assessment progress reporting window:
    • Academic programs: April 16–September 30.
    • Co-curricular and Functional areas: July 1–September 18

Assessment of student learning outcomes is an ongoing reflective process conducted by the faculty for each academic program. Academic program assessment focuses on student learning outcomes associated with knowledge,skills, abilities, capacities, attitudes, or depositions to be gained by students that complete the academic program. Co-curricular and functional area assessment focuses on aligning goals with the area’s mission and measurable outcomes/objectives. Together these assessment activities ensure institutional effectiveness.

Middle States Accreditation

  • Responsibility: Middle States Steering Committee
  • Timeframe: Conducted on an eight-year cycle. Syracuse University will host its peer review team in March 2018 and provide MSCHE with annual updates.

Syracuse University is accredited by the Middle State Commission on Higher Education(MSCHE). Middle States “…accreditation is an expression of confidence in an institution’s mission and goals, its performance, and its resources.” Individual schools/colleges, academic programs, and other University areas may have specialized accreditations as well. A listing of specialized accreditations and an accreditation schedule can be found on the IEA website.


A downloadable version of this information is available here: Overview of Institutional Effectiveness Processes