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Institutional Effectiveness Committee (formerly the IE Team)


The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges requires that institutions establish a Leadership Team to manage and validate the internal institutional assessment of compliance with all Core Requirements and Comprehensive Standards. In its Handbook for Reaffirmation of Accreditation the Commission recommends that the team include individuals who have the skills, knowledge and authority to lead in this institutional effort. It is suggested that the team not be too large, but its membership should include at least the chief executive officer, the chief academic officer, the accreditation liaison, and a representative faculty member.


The Institutional Effectiveness Team initially served primarily as the core group for our SACSCOC Leadership Team. As the core SACSCOC team, the responsibilities* included, but were not limited to:

  • Coordination and management of internal review process including developing the structure and timelines for ensuring the timely completion of all tasks;
  • Oversight of the institutional review of the extent of compliance with the Principles of Accreditation (Core Requirements, Comprehensive Standards and Federal Requirements) and the documentation of evidence supporting the extent of compliance with the criteria;
  • Oversight of the development of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP); and
  • Assurance that the institutional community is engaged in the review process and is kept informed of the progress of the review.


This Institutional Effectiveness Team ultimately was subsumed under the SACSCOC Leadership Team, constituted during the 2008-09 academic year. The SACSCOC Leadership Team included the President as well as others named by the President. The responsibilities* of the team expanded to include:

  • Development of the Focused Report, if the institution so chooses;
  • Oversight of the arrangement for the on-site visit; and
  • Assurance that the appropriate follow-up activities are in place to address compliance issues and to monitor progress of the QEP

* These responsibilities are those recommended by the Commission in the Handbook for Reaffirmation of Accreditation


Current Efforts

In November, 2010, UNF filed its Annual Report with the Board of Governors.  Under Institutional Effectiveness, we reported on the current work of the Institutional Effectiveness Team:


Two years ago, UNF received official notification from SACSCOC that it had been reaccredited. It is noteworthy that the SACSCOC visiting team praised UNF for its virtually flawless compliance report. More significantly, UNF not only has maintained the processes it put in place to generate that high degree of compliance; it has, in fact, built upon them so that institutional effectiveness is truly integrated into the fabric of the University. What had been an Institutional Effectiveness Team assembled for the purpose of preparing the SACSCOC report has now been transformed into a standing Institutional Effectiveness Committee. Further, home-grown strategic planning and assessment software will very shortly be replaced by sophisticated electronic programs provided by a national vendor and tailor-fit to UNF’s particular needs. This investment will facilitate continuous rather than intermittent improvement across all units and programs of the University.


The Institutional Effectiveness Committee has ongoing responsibilities that include monitoring our progress in UNF's Quality enhancement Plan, "Community Based Transformational Learning" as well as to remain in compliance of all SACSCOC standards regardless of where the institution is on the reaffirmation timeline.  Much of the work of the IEC overlaps with the Strategic Planning Council. For more information on the University's progress in strategic planning, visit the President's website and the Strategic Planning website to understand the process of planning on our campus.


Membership of the IE Committee


Dr. Earle C. Traynham, Interim Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs


Ms. Shawn W. Brayton, SACSCOC Liaison
Dr. Mark Tumeo, Dean, College of Computing, Engineering, and Construction
Dr. Annabel Brooks, Student Affairs Public Relations Manager
Dr. Pamela Chally, Dean, Brooks College of Health
Dr. Karen Patterson, Dean, Undergraduate Studies

Mr. Albert Colom, Associate VP, Enrollment Services

Dr. Lucy Croft, Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs

Dr. Elizabeth Curry, Dean, Library
Dr. Marnie Jones, Director, Center for Community-Based Learning
Dr. Daniel Moon, Interim Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

Dr. James Garner, Chair of the Council of Chairs, Professor, Physics

 Ms. Marianne Jaffee, Executive Assistant to the Provost and Director of Planning

Dr. John Kantner, Associate VP, Researcn, Dean of Graduate School

Dr. Radha Pyati, Faculty Association President

Dr. Diane Yendol-Hoppey, Dean, College of Education and Human Services
Dr. Megan Schramm Possinger, Director of Assessment

Dr. Len Roberson, Associate VP, Academic Technology and Innovation

 Dr. Mark Dawkins, Dean, Coggin College of Business

Dr. Thomas Serwatka, Vice President and Chief of Staff

Ms. Shari Shuman, Vice President, Administration and Finance
Mr. Reggie Brinson, CIO
Ms. Edythe Abdullah, Interim Dean, Continuing Education




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