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Institutional Effectiveness

The Office of Institutional Effectiveness (IE) serves as the source of comprehensive information regarding Nebraska Methodist College.

The Institutional Effectiveness area has a strategic leadership role in implementing data-informed decision modeling, strategic planning, and resource allocation to support and enhance the success of our students and achieve the mission of Nebraska Methodist College. IE can more strategically align the college by leveraging data, analytics, and applications to aid the institution in continuous quality improvement and internal assessment.

Please use our online form to submit a request to the Institution Effectiveness Department. You will be notified that your request has been received, assigned and prioritized within 48 hours of being submitted.

Our Mission

Provide leadership and assistance in the development and oversight of institutional processes for the planning, assessment, evaluation and use of feedback for continuous improvement to fulfill the mission and goals of Nebraska Methodist College.

Issues of Confidentiality

The office of Institutional Research (IR) adheres to those guidelines in the Code of Ethics established by the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) which was adopted by its membership in 1992.

Data which are held in strict confidence include the following types:

  • Any data which can be personally identified, whether student, faculty, or staff, must be considered confidential due to federal legislation and/or college policy
  • Any data on other colleges or universities provided through means other than public documents
  • Information which has not been verified by an official source, data or information that has been identified as "for internal distribution only", and data or information which has been released to NMC under the veil of confidentiality

Information accessible to the IR office will be used only for fulfilling the mandates and duties of the office, will not be released either verbally or in written form to individuals outside the office, and will be disposed of properly if containing sensitive data such as social security numbers and salary information.

Surveys

Employee Culture Audit

Nebraska Methodist College, as part of its continuous quality improvement effort, implemented a Culture Audit as a mechanism to help evaluate whether faculty, staff and administration feel that our culture is effective in creating a highly successful organization. The Culture Audit is administered every three years beginning with 1994 and nearly annually since 2016, the audit was revamped to directly measure our mission, core values and culture. The findings are reported and action steps are created to address the areas that show the greatest need for improvement. We have worked with external organizations such as Coffman in 2009 and The Pacific Institute in 2018. 

Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI)

The SSI is used to assess what is important to students and how satisfied they are at NMC. The data from the SSI is used to develop action steps to improve the student experience and to track progress in these areas. Data from the SSI is also used to benchmark with other institutions. The SSI is administered every 3 years.

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

The NSSE assesses first-year and senior students' participation in programs and activities that NMC provides for their learning and personal development. The results provide an estimate of how undergraduates spend their time and what they gain from attending college. The NSSE is administered every 3 years.

NMC Student Services Satisfaction  (NMC-SSS)

The NMC-SSS helps us assess our students' experiences and satisfaction with campus life and the student services NMC provides. The data from NMC-SSS is used to help our efforts to enrich the student experience at NMC. The NMC-SSS is administered every 3 years.

Priorities for Online Learners (PSOL)

The PSOL survey is specifically administered to online students. This survey is used to assess the satisfaction and priorities of students in distance learning and online programs . The data from the PSOL is used to develop action steps to improve the student experience and to track progress in these areas. Data from the PSOL is also used to benchmark with other institutions. The PSOL is administered every year.

Institutional Review Board

The Nebraska Methodist College (NMC) Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a federally registered board responsible for the protection of human subject research at NMC. The IRB performs critical oversight in the review, approval and monitoring of all research protocols, quality improvement projects and evidenced-based practice projects by students and faculty at NMC.

External requests to recruit faculty, staff or students to participate in online surveys or other research protocols must submit application materials to the NMC IRB for review and must obtain NMC IRB approval prior to conducting research. All external research/projects must be in alignment with the mission, vision, core values and strategic priorities of Nebraska Methodist College.

To ensure protection of human subjects, all investigators shall be familiar with:

  1. The Belmont Report
  2. 45 CFR 46 of the Code of Federal Regulations
  3. Nebraska Methodist College IRB Policy Manual (PDF, 2MB)

Inquiries can be submitted to the IRB Chair at IRB@methodistcollege.edu.