The VP for Institutional Effectiveness is dedicated to enhancing a culture of evidence-based decision-making for all areas of the college.  As part of the president’s senior staff, she provides coordination of campus initiatives to assure the institution’s viability and competitive advantage, supports strategic institutional initiatives through directing research, data collection and results dissemination.

The Vice President oversees assessment activities for all areas of the college and serves as the college’s liaison to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The Office of Institutional Effectiveness reports to her.

Contact Info

Department head

Brenda BretzVP Institutional Effectiveness






Old West, 1st floor, Room 8 Mailing Address

Office of Institutional Effectiveness

Office of Institutional Effectiveness

The Office of Institutional Effectiveness works closely with the entire Dickinson community to provide relevant data and analysis for evaluation, assessment, and planning purposes.



Dickinson students must take courses designed to meet these learning goals, which give breadth to their education, while developing their analytical abilities and mastery within a major field of study. Learn more.

Elizabeth Kolbert visits a class at Dickinson College. Photo by Carl Socolow '77.

Student Learning Outcomes

Learning goals are reviewed by our Academic Program and Standards Committee, which consists of students, faculty, and administrators, whenever a new course is proposed or a program is under review. Learn more.