Senate Document Number 4301S

Date of Senate Approval 05/03/01

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Statement of Faculty Senate Action:

IDC: 5   Institutional Development Committee

Proposal to Modify the Composition of IEC

(Revision of SD0399F)


In November 1999 the Senate approved the formation of the Institutional Effectiveness Committee. The original document specified thirteen members, including representatives from each Vice Chancellor area (4), one representative from CSAC, three academic or program department chairs, two faculty from UPC, the Director of Institutional Research, the Dean of Curriculum, and one student. IEC's primary purpose was to develop a uniform process of assessment and planning--Institutional Effectiveness--across all areas of the campus community. The committee feels that, with the developmental phase of institutional effectiveness near completion, a smaller committee composed of members directly involved with the effectiveness process in their Vice Chancellor area, would function more efficiently and effectively. Further, IEC never intended to function as a replacement for the communication that must take place within each Vice Chancellor area in order to create a process useful for planning and assessment activities. As described below, the new committee would continue to function in an advisory and coordinating capacity; however, the responsibility for the quality of information included in annual reports and the appropriateness of goals, measures, and resulting planning actions lies within the reporting lines of the university. IEC encourages each Vice Chancellor to develop a smaller committee within his/her division to review and discuss goals, assessment, and planning within the division.

Institutional Effectiveness Committee

The Institutional Effectiveness Committee serves as an advisory group for UNCA's Institutional Effectiveness process. Its duties include:

The periodic review and, if necessary, revision of the Institutional Effectiveness process, procedures and reporting format.

Providing advisory services on assessment and planning to any administrative or academic unit.

Providing a forum for the sharing of assessment techniques and practices.

Providing assessment information, as appropriate, to the University Planning Council for its use in reviewing institutional-level goals.

Raising campus consciousness about the importance of assessment.

Though the department self-study process has been replaced with the Departmental Effectiveness reports, departments that wish to conduct a comprehensive self-study, make major changes in curriculum or organization, and use external consultants, can conduct these activities on a voluntary basis. IEC may recommend to UPC that a department conduct a comprehensive self-study.


The committee will be composed of seven members, one of whom will be permanent based upon his/her regular duties and connection to assessment efforts. The members are as follows:

Director of Institutional Research

Administrative representative appointed by Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Administrative representative appointed by Vice Chancellor for Administration and Financial Affairs

Administrative representative appointed by Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Administrative representative appointed by Vice Chancellor for University Relations

Administrative representative appointed by Vice Chancellor for Public Partnerships and Special Projects

One member of the Faculty Senate Institutional Development Committee (Chair)

Membership Terms:

The Director of Institutional Research is a permanent member. Administrative representatives are appointed for staggered three-year terms. The Faculty Senate member is appointed annually by the Institutional Development Committee.