Institutional Research and Effectiveness

Institutional Effectiveness Handbook

The following are the key policies enacted for the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness. Click here to view the entire OIRE Handbook.

  • Institutional Research and Effectiveness is led by a Director and supported by various support units within SUAC.  The work of OIRE is supported through a Committee composed of administration, faculty and staff.  

What we do:

The mission of the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness (OIRE) is to facilitate college-wide assessment through the collection, analysis, management and use of data.  OIRE is engaged in continuous improvement strategies to enhance student learning and strengthen the Sampoerna University American College (SUAC)’s mission and its programs, services, operations, and processes. This mission is accomplished through:


  • Constant review of evaluations used to assess programs in a manner consistent with accreditation;
  • Data collection development and administration (survey, interviews, focus-group discussion)
  • Data analysis and report development;
  • Course and unit program examinations and evaluation processing; and
  • Student learning outcomes assessment support.


Institutional Effectiveness at SUAC

The institutional effectiveness efforts at SUAC is a systematic, explicit, and documented process of assessing performance against institutional mission for all programs, services, and constituencies. Moreover, it is a continuous, cyclical, participative, flexible, relevant, and responsive process that is strongly linked to the decision-making process at all levels, including the SUAC’s budgeting process. In short, institutional effectiveness in SUAC offers ongoing guidance for planning and budgeting, provides objective evidence for accreditation purposes, and collects useful information on what and how students are learning. The goal of institutional effectiveness at Sampoerna University American College is to assess the outcomes of educational programs and services and use the results to make continuous improvements.

Six Main Characteristics of the Institutional Effectiveness at SUAC

  • Mission‐centered: All units — academic and administrative — design their own mission, goals and objectives based on SUAC’s mission.  Therefore, the implementation and the assessment of each unit’s performance is an integral part of the effort to realize the SUAC mission.
  • Improvement‐oriented: The institutional effectiveness of all units are intended to gather and analyze valid data about each unit’s performance, and the results are used to further improve student learning and the effectiveness of all units and their programs.
  • Participative: All academic and administrative members of SUAC share the duties of planning, assessment, and evaluation.
  • On‐going: The institutional effectiveness is an ongoing process, reflected in regular schedules for planning, data collection, and assessment in SUAC and its units.
  • Systematic: All of the planning and assessment in the institutional effectiveness are designed to evaluate and improve all elements of SUAC through routine goal setting and evaluation of the extent to which both planning and assessment goals are achieved.
  • Integrated: All the budgeting and the institutional decision-making in SUAC are in line with the planning and assessment processes. 

Institutional Effectiveness Cycle

SUAC Institutional Effectiveness Model

2.2.1. Assessment

This component measures the extent that SUAC achieves its goals and objectives. More specifically, it indicates how assessment findings are applied to ameliorate or alleviate weaknesses and maintain or enhance strengths in the quality of programs or services. In the Assessment Phase, each unit will evaluate/assess its progress toward achieving its annual goals and objectives, indicate how it utilizes results, and submit its assessment and evaluation. OIRE will then review the submitted forms, provide technical feedback to the units, and make available the assessment/evaluations to the Unit Heads and appropriate entities for ongoing review and the budget hearing process. The process will culminate with the units presenting their annual progress and next year projections, including budgetary considerations, to the CEO.


2.2.2. Assessment Cycle

The Sampoerna University American College’s annual assessment cycle begins on June 1 and ends the following May 31. An Assessment Report that is due on June 1, 2018, would reflect the academic year 2017-2018 (including summer 2017, fall 2017, and spring 2018). Assessment Reports include assessment results based on the previous year’s plan, the use of results for improvement, and the program/unit annual summary. Assessment Plans for the upcoming year include outcomes and strategies used to measure program goals and/or the achievement of student learning. Assessment planning, including new or revised goals, should also reflect continuous growth or improvement.

Institutional Effectiveness Calendar



Assessment cycle begins

June 1

Assessment reports due

May 31 of following year

CEO Review

June 15 of following year


Sampoerna University American College’s Annual Assessment Cycle