Institutional Effectiveness Committee
Summary Report 2017

Mississippi State University’s Institutional Effectiveness (IE) Committee convened during October and November of 2017 to evaluate the 2016-17 Institutional Effectiveness reports of 186 academic programs, 64 administrative units, and 32 academic support units. Chaired by Dr. Scott Willard, this committee comprised 62 members with 41 representing academic programs, academic affairs, and student affairs and 21 representing administrative support units.

Summary of IE Committee Findings

February 2, 2018

Mississippi State University’s Institutional Effectiveness (IE) Committee convened during October and November of 2017 to evaluate the 2016-17 Institutional Effectiveness reports of 186 academic programs, 64 administrative units, and 32 academic support units. Chaired by Dr. Scott Willard, this committee comprised 62 members with 41 representing academic programs, academic affairs, and student affairs and 21 representing administrative support units.

These members were paired in teams of two or three, and the teams evaluated each IE report based on the IE Committee Academic and Non-Academic rubrics. An analysis of the rubric scores indicates that the committee continues to find growth and improvement in the university’s IE reports as evidenced by the scores in the table below. Please note that the IE Committee evaluation rubric was changed to bring the institution into closer alignment with best practices in the field. Some units may have gotten less than excellent scores as a result this year, but most likely, they will make the necessarily adjustments to get back to excellent again for the 2017-18 year. We do not anticipate any further changes to the rubric other than to clarify some of the language. The rubric evaluates reports on a scale of excellent, acceptable, marginal, and insufficient. This table indicates a grade for each rubric item for the University in academic programs, academic support, and administrative support units.

 

Outcomes

Process

Criteria/ Procedures

Sufficient data

How results are used

Verb tense

Academic Programs A A A B C A
Academic Support A B A B A A
Administrative Support* C N/A A A B A
Mississippi State overall B+ A A B C+ A

* Please note that Administrative Support units recently shifted away from process outcomes toward program outcomes, and therefore there's still some unevenness in the number of program outcomes in this report. After SACSCOC's reconceptualization of Institutional Effectiveness in the revised Principles of Accreditation from December 2017, Administrative Support units will follow a slightly different IE process than the Academic and Academic Support programs.

The grade was calculated by the following formula:
(∑ Excellent scores*4) + (∑ Acceptable scores*3) + (∑ Marginal scores*2) + (∑ Insufficient scores*1) / (n*4)

The University continues to excel in the number of learning outcomes and identifying appropriate assessment procedures and criteria. All academic units scored either excellent or acceptable in the first three rubric items. As a university, our IE reports have improved in using appropriate verb tense throughout the document, and less than 8% of all IE reports scored marginal or insufficient in this area. Where the institution needs to focus its efforts is collecting sufficient data and documenting how the assessment process has led to improvements in the program. In an effort to increase these assessment components, units may need to modify their outcomes or assessment procedures/criteria to be more useful to the program. 

The Assessment Coordinators Kayla Pineda and Ed Dechert and I will be working with Academic Program Coordinators to continue making improvements to our academic programs and their IE reports for the 2017-2018 year. Our next assessment snapshot will occur on August 31, 2018, which is when the IE reports for 2017-18 are due. We are happy to talk with you and anyone in your programs to continue improvements in this. Thank you for your support and time in this endeavor.

MSU established the Institutional Effectiveness (IE) Committee, a standing committee that reports to the Provost and Executive Vice President. This committee provides oversight for the annual self-assessment process. It reviews all IE Reports, provides feedback to units, and coordinates with the SACSCOC reaffirmation process. Membership consists of elected and appointed administrators, faculty, and staff.