Connecting institutional goals with measurable outcomes: Lessons from an academic realignment initiative

Academic Article


  • In 2010, a public research institution in the southeastern United States, and host institution for this investigation, launched an academic realignment initiative through the creation of a new academic unit. Administrators identified three primary goals for the academic realignment initiative but failed to articulate a timeline and measureable outcomes for the process. In the absence of institutional measures, the primary author created proxy outcomes but found minimal evidence to suggest that institutional outcomes had been achieved. In an era of high stakes accountability and limited financial resources, we recommend that academic leaders intentionally connect institutional goals to measurable outcomes.
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  • Outcomes, Interdisciplinary, Strategic Planning
  • Author List

  • Langham AT; Fifolt M
  • Start Page

  • 13
  • End Page

  • 22
  • Volume

  • 42
  • Issue

  • 4