Date of Award

Spring 5-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Bryan McCoy


A qualitative case study of a two-year institution of higher education which had recently completed a successful institutional effectiveness initiative explored the factors that faculty and administrators believe encourage the support of institutional effectiveness initiatives and how certain factors encourage faculty and administrative support for institutional effectiveness activities that lead to their success. Participants included faculty and administrators at institutions of higher education and experts in the field of institutional effectiveness. There were four basic findings of the study. First, leaders of institutional effectiveness initiatives should ensure that the motivation of the topic of a project is perceived to be internal by the entire campus community. Second, participation in the initiative is optional. Third, communication and collaboration are benefits of institutional effectiveness initiatives. Finally, the value of accreditation is built into the culture of the institution. Leaders of institutional effectiveness initiatives can benefit from the findings of the current study and support the success of the initiatives to create lasting impacts on quality at institutions of higher education.