Planning & Institutional Effectiveness



The Office of Planning & Institutional Effectiveness leads institution-wide planning, institutional assessment, accredication, and governance & policy processes. The office shares a strong, collaborative relationship with the Office of Institutional Research, the Office of Educational Assessment, and with other partners across campus to facilitate and support collaborative planning and continous improvement.

The Office manages:

  • The University's institutional accreditation with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and related activities;
  • The implementation of the University's planning processes, with particular focus on the development and implementation of the University's Strategic Plan;
  • The development and reporting of institutional performance measures, scorecards, departmental planning and improvement activities, and other outcomes;
  • With the support of Institutional Research, conceptualizes and conducts institutional evaluation & assessment services and projects;
  • Leadership and support for institutional compliance activities;
  • External analysis activities, such as environmental scanning, and other ad hoc research; and coordinates
  • Support for institutional policy & governance

Read more about these activities via the links to the left. 

About the Assistant Vice Provost

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Kathryn (Kate) Yerkes has been with The University of Scranton since 2001. Kate is responsible for the design, implementation, and reporting of the University’s planning and institutional effectiveness activities. Beginning her career with The University as a Planning & Policy analyst, she has helped shepherd the development of three strategic plans, including the University’s newest: The Scranton Plan 2015-2020: Engaged, Integrated, Global. Working closely with the Office of Institutional Research and new Office of Educational Assessment, Kate has responsibility for assuring the alignment of planning, research, and assessment activities, and managing institutional reporting for planning and institutional assessment topics.

Kate is also responsible for a variety of University policy and compliance initiatives. She plays an active role with the national Association of College and University Policy Officers (ACUPA), serving as a founding member of its quarterly newsletter editorial board.  Since 2001, she has served in a variety of leadership capacities related to Middle States regional accreditation, including co-chair of the University’s 2013 Periodic Review process. Kate was appointed the University’s Middle States Accreditation Liaison Officer in spring 2014, overseeing all Middle States related activities. She serves as a peer reviewer for the Middle States Commission. A native of the Scranton area, Kate earned her bachelor’s degree in English from King’s College, master’s degrees in English and Human Resource Management from The University of Scranton, and a post-master’s certificate in Institutional Research from Penn State University.  Contact Kate by emailing:

Read a recent article on Potential Issues Related to the Coming HEOA Reauthorization from AJCU Connections Magazine:

Read a recent article on the potential partnerships between institutional policy and institutional research professionals here: .