Texas Tech University

Institutional Effectiveness Process

The IE "onion" is a layered conceptual model that demonstrates the continuous cycle of improvement leading towards administrative and academic excellence. Each layer corresponds to the unit specific cycle of continuous improvement with data integration through subsequent layers.

IE Process

Institutional Effectiveness (IE) at Texas Tech University consists of four operational components. As a process, institutional effectiveness has executive oversight from the Office of the Provost, and is facilitated broadly by the Office of Planning and Assessment. The operational components of institutional effectiveness are:

  1. Executive Oversight of IE - Executive oversight by the Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness brings together the three subsequent components to ensure that institutional effectiveness is a systematic, explicit and documented process of measuring performance against TTU's mission.
  2. Institutional Assessment - Institutional assessment is facilitated by the Office of Planning & Assessment (OPA). OPA develops, facilitates, and analyzes academic and non-academic unit assessments. OPA's efforts are guided by a commitment to continuous improvement across all educational programs, administrative units, and student support units.
  3. Institutional Research - The Office of Institutional Research maintains ongoing and coordinated development of institutional databases, including coordination with other academic offices to gather information for the common data sets (IPEDS), reporting to external entities such as the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Voluntary System of Accountability, course evaluations, and Strategic Planning Key Performance Indicator (KPI) data sets.
  4. Compliance and Accreditation - The compliance aspect of the IE model includes the ongoing coordinated oversight of institutional compliance with SACSCOC and THECB policies and procedures through active leadership in programmatic accreditation, faculty credentialing, institutional budgeting, and strategic planning requirements.

Data analysis is central to Texas Tech's IE model. Internally, the goal is to use data to make continuous improvements and to ensure alignment with the institution's mission and strategic planning goals. However, there are also numerous formal ways that data are used for external reporting.

  • Routine reports to SACSCOC
  • Annual reports to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, which includes comprehensive CBM Reporting, Core Curriculum reporting, and Accountability System reporting
  • Programmatic Accreditation

Progress Portal: Institutional Effectiveness