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About Institutional Effectiveness

The college is committed to enhancing student learning through outcomes-based assessment of progress and continual improvement of programs and services.
An institutional effectiveness program is a continuous and integrated system for planning, implementing, assessing, analyzing, and improving college programs and services in fulfillment of the college’s stated mission. Rowan-Cabarrus Community College uses the institutional effectiveness process to determine whether programs and services are doing what they were intended to do, how well they are accomplishing their stated mission and where there is room for improvement based on the analysis of measurable outcomes.

In 1985, the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (COC/SACS) began using the term “institutional effectiveness” to mean “outcomes assessment.” Today, institutional effectiveness is at the heart of SACS accreditation process with one core requirement and multiple comprehensive standards focusing on assessment, evaluation and use of results for institutional improvement.

Institutional effectiveness is an integral part of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s quest for continuous improvement in programs, services, and administrative functions. The college is committed to enhancing student learning through outcomes-based assessment of progress and continual improvement of programs and services.

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