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Institutional Effectiveness

To improve. To assess. At Touro University California, we work constantly to understand the the things we are doing right, and the things on which we could improve.

What is Institutional Effectiveness

Institutional Effectiveness is a continuous cycle of planning, assessing, analyzing and improving processes, programs, and services that support TUC's mission and vision - including a well-formed understanding of social justice, leadership and equality.

Assessment builds our capacity to inform and evaluate change through data-driven decision making. The process of Institutional Effectiveness at the TUC bolsters our commitment to continuous and focused improvement that keeps us on the leading edge of educational development.

Continual educational improvement means we:

  • Collect, analyze, and distribute high quality institutional research.
  • Consult with departments, programs, and schools on research projects to insure legitimacy and rigor of data.
  • Coordinate a comprehensive system of Program Reviews that contribute to TUC's mission and strategic goals.
  • Provide guidance and data support for student learning outcomes assessment.
  • Guide and facilitate the accreditation process.
  • Ensure that policy decisions are made with information and research gained from assessment.
  • Support strategic planning and implementation.

Student Learning Outcome Assessment

Touro University California (in conjunction with Touro University Nevada) has developed four Institutional Student Learning Outcomes (ISLOs). Each year, we focus on one ISLO.


To exemplify Judaic values of social justice, intellectual pursuit and service to humanity, Touro University students will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Use knowledge, skills and effective communication to benefit diverse communities
  2. Collaborate across disciplines toward a common goal
  3. Think critically to make evidence-informed decisions and evaluate conclusions in a real world context
  4. Act in a professional and ethical manner

The first round of assessing the four ISLOs was completed in 2018-2019.

TUC formed the Institutional Assessment Committee (IAC) in 2011 to ensure the assessment of SLOs are sustainable, meaningful, and become part of the institutional culture.

The committee provides leadership and assistance in developing and implementing university-wide assessment policies, procedures and activities.

Academic Program Review

All academic programs at TUC are subject to systematic program review. The program review process is designed to evaluate and enhance the quality of academic programs through a focus on student learning outcomes, evidence-based decisions, and integration with institutional planning.

This reflection on assessment results allows programs to make evidence-based conclusions regarding their performance and evidence-based decisions in proposing major programmatic changes or in requesting resources.

These evidence-based decisions and requests are then shared with the Provost and integrated with the planning and budgeting processes.

TUC Academic Program Review Committee (APRC) leads the institutional systematic program review process.

Reviews may be coordinated with, but are independent of, the periodic reviews of educational programs conducted by professional accrediting agencies.

In 2012, PRC approved the TUC Academic Program Review Guidelines.

In the academic year 2021-2022, the APRC reviewed Master of Science in Medical Health Sciences program, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program, and Master of Public Health program.