Institutional Effectiveness at RMU of HP

The Office of Institutional Effectiveness supports the mission of Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions by supporting the ongoing, systematic, and institution-wide assessment and continuous improvement of performance-based outcomes for each academic degree program and administrative function. While RMUoHP’s mission references evidence-based practice from an academic and clinical perspective, the University also includes this principle in day-to-day practices. To achieve the University mission, vision, and strategic plan, RMUoHP engages in practices to ensure institutional effectiveness in the delivery of academic programs, student support services, and administrative processes. The systematic assessment and continuous improvement process demonstrates accountability through the following activities:

1.  Assessment of:

    • Student-centered learning and faculty teaching across all programs and delivery models to ensure educational quality towards preparing students for outcomes-oriented, evidence-based practice.
    • Student support services to ensure efficacy in enhancing the student experience.
    • Overall student experience to ensure high rates of retention and graduation.
    • Employee experiences to ensure employee engagement, satisfaction, and development.
    • Operational processes to enhance quality, viability, and efficacy of administrative functions.

2.  Analyses of assessment findings to identify continuous improvement initiatives.

3.  Implementation and subsequent assessment of continuous improvement initiatives.

4.  Data-driven decision-making for all academic and administrative initiatives substantiated by assessment processes.

5.  Documentation of assessment and continuous improvement processes and initiatives within the University’s Accountability Management System or other Provost-approved tool or repository.

The University’s Institutional Effectiveness Policy applies to all functions, programs, services, and employees at RMUoHP. The President, Provosts, Vice Presidents, Deans, Program/Track Directors and Coordinators, and supervisors are jointly responsible for implementing this policy. However, all employees are engaged in the both the development of and engagement in assessment and continuous improvement processes. The Office of Institutional Effectiveness and the Office of Faculty Development and Academic Assessment are responsible in establishing assessment and continuous improvement procedures and in monitoring, facilitating, and providing support to University constituents.

Institutional Reports

Institutional Effectiveness Core Functions

  • Provide training and technical expertise to assist administrative departments in assessing and improving their operational effectiveness.
  • Provide training and technical expertise to assist academic degree programs in assessing and improving student learning.
  • Manage the collecting, storing, and reporting of institutional effectiveness data for internal and external constituents.

Comprehensive Strategic Planning

RMUoHP’s Comprehensive Strategic Plan and planning processes are approached systematically and include participation across all University constituencies. The 2014-2018 Comprehensive Strategic Plan addresses four primary goals, each of which include detailed initiatives and measurements. The four goals are as follows:

  1. Expand Quality Academic Influence
  2. Elevate Student Peak Potential
  3. Cultivate Recognition & Relationships
  4. Maximize Operational Effectiveness

For additional information on the University’s strategic planning process or current strategic plan, download the following file: 2014-2018 Comprehensive Strategic Plan.

Core Themes

In conjunction with the University’s Mission, Vision, Core Values, and Comprehensive Strategic Plan, the University developed Core Themes. The Core Themes are measurable manifestations of the University’s mission. Each Theme, below, includes a series of objectives, outcomes, indicators, and target levels for which the University measures mission fulfillment across the institution.

  1. Developing Evidence-Based Practitioners – RMUoHP develops evidence-based practitioners by educating current and future healthcare professionals to synthesize evidence-based principles into practice.
  2. Elevating Clinical Inquiry Proficiency – RMUoHP elevates clinical inquiry proficiency through learning experiences that challenge practice standards, expand evidence-based practice, increase clinical research, develop healthcare change agents, and encourage experiential learning.
  3. Ensuring Educational Quality – RMUoHP ensures educational quality through student-centered academic programs, services, and continuous improvement.
  4. Nurturing Student Success – RMUoHP nurtures student success by engaging students in professional and personal growth opportunities.