Institutional Effectiveness Certificate



Institutional Effectiveness Certificate

The Institutional Effectiveness Certificate Program is intended to prepare the participants to contribute to institutional level assessment and accreditation committees, assist their institution and respective departments in the assessment of strategic objectives, and be able to advise, assist and instruct others in developing cycles of goal setting, measurement, data collection, process review and evaluation.

Participants must complete a series of three courses which contain various learning activities delivered in an online format using Blackboard Learn. See details of delivery and activities within each course description. Each course will require approximately 1-3 hours of “outside” course work.

Learning Outcomes of Program

·        Establish departmental goals which are aligned with the institution’s strategic plan and/or are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bound.

·        Demonstrate knowledge of qualitative and quantitative methodologies for assessment of processes and services.

·        Recognize sources of data for peer analysis and benchmarking.

·        Participate in the evaluation of the campus’ current institutional/unit-level effectiveness initiatives and suggest areas for review and improvement.

·        Document evidence of closing the loop and institutional improvement as a result of assessment activities.

Intended Audience

·        Academic and Non-Academic Administrators

·        Assessment Officers, Coordinators and Personnel

·        Institutional Research Officers and Personnel

·        Faculty Governance

·        Institutional Effectiveness Officers and Personnel

·        Student Affairs Personnel

·        Business Affairs and Finance Officers


Program Completion Requirements:

To earn the Institutional Effectiveness Certificate, participants must complete all three courses.

Certificates will be awarded individually to allow participants maximum flexibility in taking what they need and want from the program without being obligated to complete the entire program.


Program Prerequisites

Experience in assessment, planning project management or other relevant area and/or interest in becoming more conversant with assessment and its applications.

Mode of Deliver: Online – Blackboard Learn 9.1

Current Course Offering: Registration is OPEN!


IE_Course 2.4: Research Methods for Institutional Effectiveness
February 22 – March 25, 2016
Instructor: Victor Sensenig, Washington College 

IE_Course 3.4: Championing Change: Applying Institutional Effectiveness on Your Campus
April 4 – May 6, 2016
Instructor: Carol Runge, Cayuga CC

Upcoming Course Offering: Registration open

IE_Course 1.5: Introduction to Institutional Effectiveness
February 22 – March 25, 2016
Instructor: Mary McLean- Scanlon, Finger Lakes CC

IE_Course 2.5: Research Methods for Institutional Effectiveness
April 4 – May 6, 2016
Instructor: Victor Sensenig, Washington College

IE_Course 3.5: Championing Change: Applying Institutional Effectiveness on Your Campus
May 16 – June 17, 2016
Instructor: Nicole Strevell, Columbia-Greene Community College


SUNY CPD Membership Points can be used to pay for this program. 


For Detailed Information and to Register, visit the website

Sponsored by the SUNY Center for Professional Development

Questions?  Contact Chris Price,, 585-395-5025

Developing Leaders Together

Developing Leaders Together
April 22-24, 2016

For anyone involved in development of campus leaders. 


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REGISTRATION: Registration is open!

To register please email with “Adirondack Leadership Trek Registration” in the subject line.

COST: $550/person; plus lodging and meals $75/day.

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Teaching and Learning Certificate for New Faculty Certificate Program

You’re invited to The Teaching and Learning Certificate for New Faculty Certificate Program

We can help provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge needed for teaching to help build a foundation for your future in higher education. The Teaching and Learning for New Faculty Certificate Program is completely online and asynchronous (accessed via Blackboard Learn), which will allow you to fit the program into your busy schedule. You can take one course or complete all four to earn the certificate.

Courses Include:
• Essential Communication Skills for Teaching
• Learning Theories and Effective Teaching Practice
• Academic Policies, Laws, and Resources
• Evaluation and Assessment

Click here for the full course schedule <;

Program Outcomes:

* Utilize learning theory in the design and delivery of courses
* Employ foundational learning teaching strategies that are supported by research and that promote active learning
* Effectively and efficiently evaluate student performance
* Create a safe and effective learning environment
* Utilize reflective techniques as a teaching practitioner
* Uphold and promote the academic policies of a participant’s individual campus and the System
* Demonstrate appropriate communication techniques in interactions with students


Don’t miss your chance to add valuable tools to your teaching toolbox.

For Detailed Information<; and to Register<; for one or more of the courses, visit the website Register for three courses and get the fourth free!

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Sponsored by the SUNY Center for Professional Development

QbD Registration open


Registration for Quality by Design (QbD) is now open to all SUNY faculty and staff.

Course Dates: February 8–March 6, 2016 (Four Weeks)

Mode of Deliver: Asynchronous Online – Blackboard Learn

Facilitated By:  Open SUNY COTE Fellows

Through QbD participants will be able to identify the design and pedagogical characteristics of a quality course and integrate these qualities into their own course development. This online faculty development course and open educational resource (OER) provides open access to high quality course content and opportunities for participants to engage in meaningful discussions with experts and peers on topics relating to learner support, course design, interaction, and assessment.  QbD is designed so that participants can choose from a variety of learning activities and assignments to fit their needs and time commitments. Participants will have the opportunity to earn SUNY COTE badges issued through Credly.

Space is limited, so enroll today!

To Register:

For more information please visit:

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This collaborative project is being developed through a partnership among the University at Buffalo, Binghamton University, Empire State College, OPEN SUNY COTE, andSUNY Center for Professional Development.


Michaela Rehm

Open SUNY & Academic Program Assistant

SUNY Center for Professional Development

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