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Institutional Effectiveness and Planning

Institutional effectiveness is the accomplishment of the College’s mission through the achievement of stated outcomes, goals, and objectives. DSLCC uses a variety of evaluation and assessment processes to determine the degree to which it accomplishes its mission. Through these cyclical processes of identifying outcomes and goals, measuring the extent to which these outcomes and goals are achieved; and using results to identify ways of improving programs and services, College faculty, staff, and administrators ensure that the entire campus is actively involved in helping the College achieve its mission.

Organizational Structure of Goals

The College’s mission, goals, and outcomes are largely informed from the mission of the Virginia Community College System. These goals flow down throughout the entire organization so that the functions of the College are aligned with the greater mission of the VCCS. This organizational structure is depicted here.

Annual Reporting and Planning Timeline

The College follows an annual timeline for developing annual goals, conducting assessments, and communicating results to various stakeholders in order to affect change. This timeline also incorporates institutional strategic planning efforts that occur on a yearly basis.

Continuous Cycle of Long- and Short-Term Planning

DSLCC administration incorporates this annual timeline with long term strategic planning to create a continuous cycle of planning and improvement at the institutional, program, and unit levels.

Institutional Effectiveness Manual

For detailed information about the College’s Institutional Effectiveness Process, including resources and templates, please consult the Institutional Effectiveness Manual (2nd Ed.)