Institutional Effectiveness at the University of New Mexico
Institutional Effectiveness is the commitment an organization undertakes to continuously and critically examine its processes and how well it achieves its mission. The University of New Mexico has established an institutional effectiveness infrastructure that spans the program, college, and institutional levels. The Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE) is situated within the Academic Affairs Division and primarily oversees and guides the development and maintenance of institutional effectiveness at the institutional level. It encompasses the Office of Assessment (OA), University Accreditation and Academic Program Review (APR) Office, and Office of Institutional Analytics (OIA).
Each academic program and administrative unit at the University of New Mexico (UNM) is expected to demonstrate its commitment to UNM’s students and their academic success through its documented participation in a cyclic process of continuous improvement.
At UNM, our goal is to engage in a cyclic process of continuous improvement through which:
- We determine what outcomes we want;
- We perform;
- We evaluate our performance;
- We identify strengths and weaknesses in our performance;
- We celebrate our successes;
- We examine our weaknesses for opportunities to improve;
- We implement those improvements; and
- Then we begin again.
To accurately optimize our performance, we collect and analyze data annually to inform as well as drive our decisions, improvements, and program reviews. This process aids UNM in ensuring that the mission and purpose of the University are being achieved.