Mission Statement

To foster an environment of continuous improvement in student learning and provision of services to the VSU community through the use of active, ongoing, and constructive assessments.


The University Assessment Committee (UAC) is an executive body created to foster an atmosphere of continuous improvement in both academic and administrative areas. It reports to the President and Vice Presidents on assessment processes occurring campus-wide and collects data from and reviews assessment programs of all units of the university. Its membership consists of representatives from each college and each senior administrative division with members serving serve 3-year terms. Current committee members.

Institutional Effectiveness

In its Principles of Accreditation (2018 edition), the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) has several requirements and standards that focus on institutional effectiveness. In essence, Valdosta State University must prove it complies with these standards through “systematic, ongoing, integrated, research-based reviews that result in continuous improvement” institution-wide. 

The below templates are provided to assist in the preparation of institutional effectiveness reports and plans. Every educational program, administrative support unit, academic support unit, research unit, and community/public service unit must prepare and complete these reports annually.

Memorandum to Administrative Unit Heads, Department Heads, and Deans about IEP/IER Submission (July 28 2022)

Report and Plan

Due Date

Institutional Effectiveness Templates (Word Documents):

  • Academic Program (PLAN, REPORT)
  • Administrative Support, Academic Support, and Student Services Support Units (PLAN, REPORT)

New for Fall 2022: Continuous Improvement template for COEHS Programs

Annually by September 30 for each program/unit to the University Assessment Committee.

IEP and IER Preparation Resources:

IEP and IER Review/Evaluation Resources:

  • Perform a self-review of your documents by answering the questions in this online form: https://goo.gl/zYig3k   This is simply a guide to help you identify plan or report elements that could benefit from more explanation. 

Departments or programs needing copies of prior IEP/IER submissions should contact the Office of Institutional Effectiveness at assessment [at] valdosta.edu.

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