Effective February 1, a reorganization inside the Office of the Provost will officially establish the new Office of Academic Effectiveness (OAE), a move that shifts academic assessment, academic program review and planning, and accreditation duties into a stand-alone office reporting directly to the provost. The reorganization centralizes the coordination and oversight of these initiatives and is part of an overall academic-effectiveness strategy devised after our SACSCOC reaffirmation of accreditation last year. Through the use of vacant positions and currently allocated resources, we are able to establish OAE with very limited additional resources.
The OAE will be led by the associate provost for academic effectiveness — a new position — who will work with and support the academic leadership and administrative units on items including SACSCOC requirements and reporting, program accreditation, CIOS, assessment of student learning outcomes, APR, new-program development, and long-term planning, among others. A search committee will begin working immediately to fill the new associate provost position.