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AHEE Newsletter

  • Fall 2021 Issue: Click here
  • Winter 2021 Issue:  Click here

AHEE Blog Series

Three-Part Blog Series: Enhancing Student Success in Colleges and Universities through an Integrated Institutional Effectiveness (IIE) Approach | November 2018
Christopher Shults | IIE Blog Post, Part 1 of 3 | Parts 2 and 3 coming soon!

AHEE Interview Series

Special AHEE interview with Daniel Seymour | December 2017
Daniel is the author of several books important to the AHEE audience, including The Institutional Effectiveness Fieldbook: Creating Coherence in Colleges and Universities (with Michael Bourgeois), published in January 2018.

AHEE Webinar Series

Integrating Institutional Effectiveness: Bringing the Pieces Together” | AHEE/SCUP Webinar
Dennis Glenn, Lisa Castellino, Christopher Shults share their considerable expertise on integrating institutional effectiveness on one’s campus. | AHEE-SCUP | October 23, 2018

“The Integrated Institutional Effectiveness Office | The Program Review Process | Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis: A Case Study” | November 18, 2015 (with gratitude to IUPUI for hosting)
Accompanying white paper – “Community-Based Program Review at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis” – authored by Dr. Trudy Banta, Senior Advisor to the Chancellor for Academic Planning and Evaluation, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

“Developing the Integrated Institutional Effectiveness Office” | April 14, 2015 (with gratitude to Ball State University for hosting)
Accompanying white paper – “Developing the Integrated Institutional Effectiveness Office” – authored by Dr. William Knight, Assistant Provost for Institutional Effectiveness, Ball State University

“Advancing to Senior Level Positions in Institutional Effectiveness” | October 28, 2014 (with gratitude to Ohio Christian University for hosting)

AHEE Research Papers

The Case for a Cabinet-Level Chief Institutional Effectiveness Officer at All Colleges and Universities
William Knight
AHEE | April 2016

A National Profile of Vice Presidents for Institutional Effectiveness
William Knight, Cynthia Tweedell
AHEE | April 2016

Presidential Perspectives on Advancing the Institutional Effectiveness Model
Brian Bartolini, William Knight, Sarah Carrigan, Eri Fujieda, Mary Ann LaFleur, Jan Lyddon
AHEE | April 2016

Current Issues


Brennan, J. & Shah, T. (2001). Managing quality in higher education: An international perspective on institutional assessment and change. Buckingham, England: Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and Open University Press. Bresciani, M. J. (2006). Outcomes-based academic and co-curricular program review: A compilation of institutional good practices. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.

Davenport, T. H., Harris, J. G., & Morison, R. (2010). Analytics at work: Smarter decisions, better results. Boston, MA: Harvard Business Press.

Eckel, P.D. & Kezar, A. (2003). Taking the reins: Institutional transformation in higher education.Westport, CT: American Council on Education and Praeger Publishers.

Fife, J.D. & Spangehl, S.D. (2012). Tools for improving institutional effectiveness. In R.D. Howard, G.W. McLaughlin, & W.E. Knight, (Eds.). The handbook of institutional research, (pp.656-672). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Freed, J. E. (1997). A culture for academic excellence: Implementing the quality principles in higher education.(ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Report, 25(1)). Retrieved from

Green, J.T. (2013). Evidence-based decision making in academic research: The “Snowball” effect. (Research ROI: The impact of academic research, 3(1)). Retrieved from The Academic Executive Brief at

Head, B. (2010). Evidence-based policy: principles and requirements. In Strengthening Evidence-Based Policy in the Australian Federation, (pp. 13-26). Brisbane, Australia: University of Queensland.

Howard, R. D., McLaughlin, G. W., & Knight, W. E. (2012) (Eds.). The handbook for institutional research. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Knight, W.E. (2013). Optimizing institutional effectiveness functions to improve accreditation. Paper presented at the Higher Learning Commission annual conference, Chicago, IL.

Knight, W. E. (2010). In their own words: Effectiveness in institutional research. AIR Professional File, 115.

Leimer, C. (2013). Making the most of the institution’s capacity for evidence-based decisions and planning. In S. Bergan, E. Egron-Polak, J. Kohler. & L. Purser (Eds.). Handbook on Leadership and Governance in Higher Education, (pp. 58-68). Berlin, Germany: RAABE Academic Publishers.

Leimer, C. (2012). Organizing for evidence-based decision making and improvement. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 44(4), p. 45-51.

Leimer, C. (2011). The rise of institutional effectiveness: IR competitor, customer, collaborator, or replacement? AIR Professional File, 120.

Leimer, C. (2009). Taking a broader view: Using institutional research’s natural qualities for transformation. In C. Leimer (Ed.) New Directions for Institutional Research, 143, (pp. 85–93). San Francisco: Jossey Bass.

Leimer, C. (Ed.). (2009). Imagining the future of institutional research. New Directions for Institutional Research, 143. San Francisco: Jossey Bass.

Middaugh, M. F. (2009). Planning and assessment in higher education: Demonstrating institutional effectiveness. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Nair, C. S., Ed. (2008). Evidence-based decision making: scholarship and practice. (2008 Australasian Higher Education Evaluation Forum). Melbourne, Australia: Monash University, Centre for Higher Education Quality.

Nelson, K.A. & Nicholas, M.C. (2012). Universitywide program review: Evolving a process for program improvement and institutional planning. AIR Professional File, 128.

Posey, J.T. & Pitter, G.W. (2012). Integrating the functions of institutional research, institutional effectiveness, and information management. AIR Professional File, 126.

Pradilla, D. (2013). How to present statistics without boring your audience. Retrieved from!   Ruben, B. D. (2004). Pursuing excellence in higher education: Eight fundamental challenges. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Sayers, K.W. and Ryan, J.F. (2009). The institutional research option: Transforming data, information and decision making for institutions at risk. In J. Martin J.E. & Samels (Eds.). Turnaround: Leading stressed colleges and universities to excellence (pp. 211-220). Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Scott, R. (2011). Assuring effectiveness and productivity in higher education. On Course: Business Insights and Trends for Trustees and Higher Education Administrators. Grant Thornton publisher.