Higher Ed Terminology

Higher Education Glossary of Terms

Definitions include the College Scorecard glossary - a US government site where consumers can compare the cost and value of higher education institutions in the United States, the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) glossary - IPEDS is a system of interrelated surveys conducted annually by the National Center for Education Statistics, and the WSCUC's data dictionary - a link to our institutional accreditor's data dictionary.
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About Educational Effectiveness


The Office of Educational Effectiveness coordinates:


To support faculty, administrators and staff in:

  1. Assessment
  2. Institutional research
  3. Program review


To coordinate accreditation review by the:

  1. WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)
  2. Adventist Accrediting Association (AAA)

Professional Development

To provide professional development in:

  1. Teaching and instruction
  2. Student learning
  3. Assessment of student learning
  4. Educational technology to enhance teaching and learning
  5. Online learning
  6. Mission-focused learning

Meet our Team

W. Ken Nelson
Ken Nelson, MD, MS
Office of Educational Effectiveness and Institutional Research
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E Diane Mattheson
Academic Liaison
Office of Educational Effectiveness
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