Institutional Effectiveness

The Office of Institutional Effectiveness provides leadership and support for strategic planning, assessment of student learning and development, research and accreditation. A comprehensive approach to institutional effectiveness provides NDSCS a process to align our mission and objectives with the outcomes of our programs and activities in a cycle of continuous improvement that informs planning, budgeting and assessment.


NDSCS is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the AQIP (Academic Quality Improvement Program) process of accreditation. The College is committed to continuous improvement as a philosophy and management style. The Vice President for Student Affairs is the Accreditation Liaison Officer to the Higher Learning Commission providing oversight and direction for communication and reports with the Higher Learning Commission. View NDSCS Accreditation information.

Academic Quality Improvement Program

Research and experience indicate that a web of common principles - Focus, Involvement, Leadership, Learning, People, Collaboration, Agility, Foresight, Information, and Integrity - permeate colleges and universities that have achieved a systematic approach to continuous quality improvement. These qualities underlie all of the Academic Quality Improvement Program's Categories, activities, processes, and services, and they represent the values to which AQIP itself aspires organizationally. View the NDSCS AQIP eFolio.

Assessment of Student Learning

NDSCS is committed to an open and transparent assessment process that values a life of learning. Assessment of student learning is based on clear, explicitly stated purposes that are multidimensional, integrated, and revealed in performance over time. It is an ongoing process that begins at enrollment and continues through employment in a comprehensive effort to understand and improve student learning. Assessment occurs at the course, program, and institutional level.


NDSCS research, which includes data collection, survey distribution, and data dissemination, official reports including IPEDS and state accountability data are coordinated and distributed through the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.  The OIE subscribes to ethical principles and guidelines for the protection of privacy and confidentiality of human subjects. Please refer to the official Code of Ethics for Institutional Research professionals.

Strategic Planning

Strategic planning is a comprehensive process based on intensive data collection and analysis. It involves input and communication with stakeholders in determining future direction of the collection. Strategic goals and AQIP Action Projects are determined from the strategic planning process that sets future direction for the college for the next three to five years. It is a fully integrative process that guides assessment of student learning, budgeting, programming, and accreditation priorities.

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