Institutional Effectiveness

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Dr. Patricia Harrington

Welcome to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness

In addition to other duties, Dr. Patricia Harrington, Interim Associate Provost for Academic Affairs oversees the offices of Planning and Institutional Research and the Office of Educational Assessment (OEA). Prior to serving as Interim Provost, Dr. Harrington had significant experience with assessment of student learning.  As chair of the Department of Nursing for 20 years, she guided the nursing program through four national reaccreditation self-study reviews; the department has maintained full accreditation since 1984. Dr. Harrington has served as a curriculum consultant for new nursing programs in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  In Pennsylvania she worked as a program reviewer with the State Department of Education. 
The Office of Institutional Effectiveness is supported by Ms. Linda Scherer, Administrative Assistant. 

Office of Educational Assessment

The Office of Educational Assessment provides oversight and coordination of the development of a campus-wide culture of assessment at The University of Scranton.  It provides support for developing faculty and staff expertise in the measurement and analysis of student learning outcomes, program learning outcomes, and institutional learning outcomes. In consultation with faculty, departments, school/colleges, the office provides direction and consultation for analyzing and reporting assessment results. The office provides resources to faculty and staff for the effective assessment of the student learning experience and the promotion of best practices in assessment. The Office of Educational Assessment includes the Director of Assessment, the Director of General Education Assessment, and three Faculty Assessment Fellows. Dr. Mary Jane DiMattio serves as the Director of the Office of Educational Assessment. Dr. Cyrus Olsen serves as the Director of General Education Assessment.

Office of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness

The Office of Planning & Institutional Effectiveness is dedicated to providing the University community with information and analysis to support planning, decision-making, and overall improvement. The office manages planning and accreditation activities, and guides institutional effectiveness practices.  In coordinating these efforts, the office shares a strong, collaborative relationship with the Office of Institutional Research and Office of Educational Assessment.  Ms. Kathryn Yerkes serves as the Assistant Vice Provost for Planning and Institutional Effectiveness and Middle States Accreditation Liaison Officer. 

Office of Institutional Research

The Mission of the Institutional Research Office is to provide support for the evaluation efforts of the University community. The office coordinates institutional data management activities, retrieving, analyzing, and reporting information with emphasis on accountability processes. We strive to manage and maintain precise data on all aspects of the University: students, faculty, and staff. Robyn Dickinson serves as the Director in Institutional Research.