Institutional Effectiveness

Institutional Effectiveness

The Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE) at GateWay Community College is responsible for promoting a culture of evidence and continuous improvement at the College, ensuring the integrity and consistency of College data, and providing internal and external stakeholders with data that informs decision making. OIE coordinates the following college-wide initiatives and activities: accreditation, assessment of student learning, college compliance, grants development and management, institutional research, and strategic and operational planning.


IE supports GateWay to strategize, plan, execute, and assess College strategic direction. We foster a culture of continuous improvement and future forward mindset through:

- Effective and Dynamic Connections
- Evidence-based Design
- Internal Assessment

Planning and Research

Student Achievement

Assessment of Student Learning

Assessment at GateWay is guided by several internal measures including: GateWay’s Mission, Vision, Goals, and Values statements and Gateway’s Strategic Plan. In addition to Gateway’s internal measures for guiding Learning Outcomes Assessment, there are external key standards for excellence in outcomes assessment that Gateway has also adopted. These include the Higher Learning Commission’s standards for accreditation and regulatory compliance, the American Association of Higher Education’s Principles of Good Practice for Assessing Student Learning, and The National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment’s, Transparency Framework. All of these documents represent recognized best practices in assessment and create the standards by which GateWay structures its Learning Outcomes Assessment practices.

  1. The American Association for Higher Education (AAHE) established nine principles of good practice for assessing student learning in 1992. These principles help to guide the assessment practices at GateWay.
  2. The National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment’s (NILOA) Transparency Framework outlines an aspirational framework for the College to use to evaluate and improve how it communicates learning outcomes and assessment practices to students and other external constituents.
  3. GateWay Assessment Handbook