Institutional Effectiveness

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Institutional Effectiveness

The Kirkwood Community College Institutional Effectiveness team administers processes whereby the college engages in ongoing self-evaluation in order to measure achievements and outcomes as they relate to Kirkwood's mission.

The department is responsible for facilitation and support processes involving Process Improvement, Institutional Research, The Innovation Fund, Strategic Planning, and Accreditation.

The culture of Institutional Effectiveness at Kirkwood is one of collaboration while holding each other mutually accountable toward goal achievement as we strive to make data-driven decisions and continuously improve to the benefit of Kirkwood students and community partners.

To ensure the quality of your education, Kirkwood follows the criteria established by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) in partnership with state and federal governments.

Key Performance Indicators (or KPIs) help Kirkwood Community College live up to its mission to identify community needs; provide accessible, quality education and training; and promote opportunities for lifelong learning through data.

The purpose of any strategic planning process is to evaluate the organization and provide direction for its future.

Institutional Research

Kirkwood's Institutional Research office works to develop data that informs decisions that advance the college’s goals through the collaborative creation and stewardship of knowledge.

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Process Improvement

Learn more about how the department can help with process improvement and application details for the Innovation Fund. Process improvement can result in a faster, better, more efficient and/or cost-effective way to deliver products, services, and support to customers.

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Innovation Fund

The Innovation Fund is designed to encourage and fund creativity, ingenuity, and new ideas that have potential to benefit at least one component of Kirkwood’s Learner Success Blueprint, including learner success, student experience, employee development, community impact, or operational excellence.

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Meet Our Staff

Dr. Connie Thurman
Title: Vice President, Institutional Effectiveness
Phone: 319-398-5466
Megan Thole
Title: Director, Institutional Planning and Accreditation Liaison Officer
Phone: 319-398-7687
Cort Iverson
Title: Senior Director, Institutional Research and Data Governance
Phone: 319-398-7116


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Connect With Us

Office of Institutional Effectiveness
6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404