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Institutional Research and Effectiveness


The mission of Institutional Effectiveness (including institutional research) is to efficiently disseminate high quality information to support and enhance the operation, planning, and decision making processes of Tennessee Wesleyan University while also coordinating and maintaining reporting requirements for external agencies and organizations and facilitating assessments to demonstrate and enhance TWU's effectiveness.


  • Provide decision support research and analysis to facilitate the college's planning process and associated program review, accreditation, benchmarking, and outcomes assessment activities
  • Coordinate the college institutional effectiveness program
  • Report official institutional data to external agencies and organizations
  • Design and conduct internal studies as needed for informed decision making
  • Develop and maintain student cohort databases for longitudinal comparisons and analysis
  • Serve as the liaison to the regional accrediting agency (SACSCOC)
  • Perform additional institutional research duties that may become necessary to further the goals of the college


Tennessee Wesleyan University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, ethnic or national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability or political beliefs in provision of educational opportunities and benefits.

The University Senate of the United Methodist Church approves Tennessee Wesleyan's programs.

Tennessee Wesleyan University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and master's degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Tennessee Wesleyan University.

The Tennessee State Board of Education approves Tennessee Wesleyan University programs in teacher education.

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) granted accreditation to the baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Tennessee Wesleyan University for 10 years, extending to June 30, 2027.

Tennessee Wesleyan is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Appalachian Athletic Conference. Students who participate in intercollegiate athletics must meet the eligibility requirements of both of these organizations.


Stephanie Smallen, Ed.D.
Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Research

Belinda Biddle
Coordinator for Institutional Effectiveness and Research

Amy Sullins, Ph.D
Consultant for Institutional Effectiveness and Research