Institutional Effectiveness

Samuel Merritt University uses continuous assessment and data analysis to support student success, in fulfillment of the University’s mission.  Most students at SMU are completing a second degree, either a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, or a Master's or Doctoral degree in health sciences.

Samuel Merritt University’s Institutional Effectiveness framework incorporates data reports and analysis from the Director of Institutional Effectiveness and the Director of Institutional Research into recommendations for action from the Institutional Effectiveness Committee. Those recommendations follow an established path through senior leadership teams all the way up to SMU’s President and Board of Regents and back to the SMU community.

Program curricula are explicitly linked to Institutional Learning Outcomes through Course and Program Learning Outcomes, with interactive curriculum map visualizations, academic assessment reports, and evidence of student learning available in the Institutional Effectiveness Center.  Interactive data exhibits about student success measures, along with multiple years’ data about admissions, enrollment, degrees, financial aid, and faculty and staff profiles, are publicly available in Institutional Research.


    ILO 01

    Practice—Enter practice, enter residency education, or practice in the enhanced role for which they have been prepared. 

    ILO 02

    Ethics, Professionalism, Compassion—Embody their ethical and professional responsibilities to effectively serve individuals from diverse backgrounds, their profession, and society with compassion, caring, and humility.

    ILO 03

    Teamwork—Communicate and collaborate effectively as members of interprofessional teams.

    ILO 04

    Structural and Social Determinants of Health—Integrate an understanding of structural and social determinants of health into professional practice.

    ILO 05

    Clinical Reasoning—Provide person-centered care using sound clinical reasoning informed by evidence from research and practice.

    ILO 06

    Leadership—Advocate, as agents of change, to improve health and healthcare, especially for structurally vulnerable populations.

    ILO 07

    Informatics—Effectively use data, information, and technology to support decision-making in complex systems.

    ILO 08

    Self-Care—Engage in self-care practices for personal health and wellness.