The Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness at the College for Financial Planning provides data and information for strategic initiatives, operations, and activities which include researching, reporting, and making recommendations for continuous improvement of institutional effectiveness, academic programs, and student learning.
It is the vision of the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness to be seen within the College as the source for decision-making information to actively advance the College’s reputation as the provider of choice for financial education.
The Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness functions in three areas: Institutional Effectiveness, Institution Research, and Assessment. The goal of each functional area is to research, report, and provide data-supported recommendations.
The College for Financial Planning engages in academic and administrative assessment in order to create a culture of continuous improvement that helps the College to achieve its mission of being the provider of choice for financial education to individuals in the financial services industry. Assessment is conducted to ensure the College is responsive to its students, employees, and regulators. College faculty and staff are empowered to participate in assessment by supportive College leadership and are provided with resources to facilitate meaningful assessment activities. Negative assessment results are used to frame conversations about institutional improvement, and are never used to take any punitive action against an individual or unit. Assessment processes are dynamic and evolve to facilitate continuous improvement and to meet the changing needs of the College and its stakeholders and regulators.
Graduates of the College for Financial Planning should be able to:
Direct assessment of student learning in the M.S. programs is completed via the biennial learning outcomes assessment process. This process is being implemented for the first time in 2016.
MS Program Assessment Process
MS Learning Outcomes
The College’s indirect assessment process of student learning involves gathering student opinions related to student knowledge, learning experiences, and goals through the use of various course and student surveys. Descriptions of each survey are included, along with a link to a summary of the survey report. Results are not available for the course evaluations, the stop-out surveys, and the withdrawal surveys, as the information included in these surveys is of a sensitive nature and is used only for internal purposes.
Please contact Rebecca Henderson (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions or concerns about the surveys.
This survey is sent to M.S. students after successful completion of their final course. This survey asks students questions about why they chose to pursue a degree at the College, how well their coursework developed relevant knowledge and skills, their satisfaction with the College and their program, and their post-graduation plans.
2016 - GDP Graduate Survey Report Summary
Two versions of this survey are sent annually: one to M.S. students, and one to designation/certification students. This survey asks students about their satisfaction with the College’s services, including the Student Services Center, advising and enrollment, account assistance, the University Library, technology, testing (for CFP and designation students), and the communication and complaint processes.
Services Satisfaction Survey Report
Designation Satisfaction Survey Report 2015 Summary
Graduate Satisfaction Survey Report
This survey is sent to alumni of the College’s graduate programs every 5 years. It asks alumni questions about their reasons for earning a degree at the College, employment information at the present and prior to earning a degree, how well their degree prepared them for their work, the extent to which their education helped them develop relevant knowledge and skills, and whether they would recommend the College’s graduate programs.
Alumni Survey Report
This annual survey asks M.S. students questions about their affective, behavioral, and cognitive engagement, as well as questions about conditions that facilitate student engagement.
Student Engagement Report
There are two versions of this survey: one for M.S. students, and one for designation/CFP students. These surveys are sent to M.S. students during the last week of their course, and to CFP/designation students at the completion of their course. Students are asked to rate the quality of their instructors and courses. Responses are anonymous, but results of the survey are shared with the Vice President of Academic Affairs and individualized feedback is provided to each instructor.
This survey is sent to students who withdraw from the M.S. program. Students are asked questions about the reasons for their withdrawal and what the College could have done to improve their experience.
This survey is sent to M.S. students who have not enrolled in a course for two or more cycles. Students are asked questions regarding the reasons for their non-enrollment and what would make it possible for them to begin taking courses again.
The Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness routinely conducts research aimed at enhancing student outcomes and organizational effectiveness. These projects are conducted for internal purposes, but projects with implications beyond the College are frequently submitted for publication or presentation at a conference.
Economic Data and Alumni Outcomes
Using Growth Models to Investigate Student Course Performance
IRT and Bloom's AIR Poster
Leveraging Multiple Data Sources
|Rebecca Henderson||Research Analyst||Rebecca.Henderson@cffp.edu|
|David Mannaioni, MS, CPCU, CLU, ChFC, CFP®||Faculty Senate President / Professor||David.Mannaioni@cffp.edu|
|MichaelB. Cates, MS, CFP®||Associate Professor||Michael.Cates@cffp.edu|
|Cindy Shnaider, MSF||Associate Professor||Cindy.Shnaider@cffp.edu|
|Craig Kinnunen, CFP®||Associate Professor||Craig.Kinnunen@cffp.edu|
Outline for Academic Program Review
Assessment Plan Template
Program Unit Assessment Basics
Writing Graduate Level Questions and Assignments
Ideas for Assessing Student Learning Outcomes in your Course
Course LO Mapping Template
Course Level Assignment Reporting Template
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CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM, and CFP (with flame logo)® are certification marks owned by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. The College for Financial Planning does not certify individuals to use the CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM or CFP (with flame logo)® certification marks. CFP® certification is granted only by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards to those persons who, in addition to completing an education requirement such as this CFP Board-Registered Program, have met its ethics, experience, and examination requirements. Earnings amounts and increases cited relate to individuals already employed in the financial services industry. They do not constitute guarantees of future results.