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 students’ professional readiness, along with multiple years’ data about admissions, enrollment, degrees, financial aid, and faculty and staff profiles, are publicly available in Institutional Research.


    ILO ILO NameILO Description
    ILO01PracticeEnter practice, enter residency education, or practice in the enhanced role for which they have been prepared. 
    ILO02Ethics, Professionalism, CompassionEmbody their ethical and professional responsibilities to effectively serve individuals from diverse backgrounds, their profession, and society with compassion, caring and humility.
    ILO03TeamworkCommunicate and collaborate effectively as members of interprofessional teams.
    ILO04Structural and Social Determinants of HealthIntegrate an understanding of structural and social determinants of health into professional practice.
    ILO05Clinical ReasoningProvide person-centered care using sound clinical reasoning informed by evidence from research and practice.
    ILO06LeadershipAdvocate, as agents of change, to improve health and healthcare, especially for structurally vulnerable populations.
    ILO07InformaticsEffectively use data, information, and technology to support decision-making in complex systems.
    ILO08Self-careEngage in self-care practices for personal health and wellness.