The Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Research serves the Arizona Western College community by providing the most accurate information possible for decision-making, overseeing research, and pursuing external funding in support of institution-wide initiatives.
The Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Research goal for Institutional Effectiveness is to maintain a systematic and sustainable Institutional Effectiveness System that demonstrates the ability of the college to match performance to its stated mission.
The Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Research annually prepares an Institutional Research Plan to define data needs across the college district; provides technical assistance for department- and division-based grants, writes and coordinates district-wide grant efforts; supports district-wide efforts, including assessment of learning, re-accreditation, retention, and enrollment management and marketing; tracks longitudinal measures of institutional effectiveness; administers AWC's Institutional Review Board for oversight of research; and supports the President, his office and cabinet.
Institutional effectiveness is a systematic, explicit and documented process of measuring performance against the mission in all aspects of an institution. Thus providing an intentional process of determining the level of achievement of the institution's mission and its educational goals and objectives (SACS, 2005).
AWC's ongoing evaluation and assessment processes provide reliable evidence of institutional effectiveness that clearly informs strategies for continuous improvement, is an important part of addressing criterion two of the institution's Higher Learning Commission accreditation and preparing for the future (HLC, 2010)