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Academic Affairs message

A message from Kathleen Curphy

An Office of Institutional Effectiveness has been formed within Academic Affairs. Institutional Effectiveness will provide the ongoing systems, processes and practices that include planning and evaluation of programs and administrative services. Institutional Effectiveness will allow the College to make data-informed decisions. All of the efforts of Institutional Effectiveness will serve the purpose of improving programs and services while increasing student persistence and success. The Institutional Effectiveness department will receive direction from an Institutional Effectiveness Committee.

Those who make up this new department are:

Bill Owen, associate vice president for academic affairs
Owen will provide overall direction and supervision of Institutional Effectiveness. He will be responsible for the plan and direction of Institutional Effectiveness for the College. He is the main administrative leader for the HLC Academy for Student Persistence and Completion and will chair the Institutional Effectiveness Committee. Owen will retain other responsibilities within Academic Affairs.


Tracy McTavish-Mlady, coordinator of institutional effectiveness
McTavish-Mlady will coordinate the daily activities of Institutional Effectiveness. She will provide ongoing input to the associate vice president for academic affairs regarding the data needs of individuals, programs, departments and the College. She provides direct research on best practices of data collection, analysis and reporting. The analysis will be used to strategically evaluate current and future MCC programs, procedures, enrollment and facility needs. McTavish-Mlady will be responsible for institutional benchmarking and tracking progress. She will also serve as a member of the Persistence and Completion Academy.


Denise Jacobsen, senior research analyst
As senior research analyst, Jacobsen develops, compiles and analyzes data. She prepares much of the information for ongoing, required reports. These include IPEDS, Perkins and quarterly tenth-day data, as well as a host of other voluntary and ad-hoc data requests. She also maintains the Institutional Research website. Jacobsen will also serve as a member of the Persistence and Completion Academy.


Lynn Bradman, social science faculty and assessment coordinator
Bradman will assist Institutional Effectiveness by keeping the department connected to faculty and the data needs of those directly engaged in the delivery of instruction. She will also continue her role of leading the program review process, assessment of student learning and the Assessment Academy. In addition, she provides support for HLC reporting and plans and facilitates the PETS program for professional development and the Adjunct Faculty Institute. Bradman will also serve as a member of the Persistence and Completion Academy.


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