Administrative Units

IESI Organizational Chart for AY 2020-2021

  • The Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Initiatives (IESI) is responsible for maintaining USD’s regional accreditation with the WASC Senior College and University Commission and for the implementation of USD’s strategic plan, Envisioning 2024. The VP of IESI oversees Institutional Research and Planning, the Changemaker Hub, the Mulvaney Center for Community, Awareness and Social Action, and the Care for Our Common Home Pathway.

  • The Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Initiatives and USD's Accreditation Liasion Officer (ALO) to WSCUC supports the Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Initiatives in four areas: WSCUC accreditation, academic program review, institutional quality assurance processes, and strategic initiatives and effectiveness. Duties focus on institutional accreditation efforts and processes, with an emphasis on demonstrating the university’s commitment to institutional effectiveness and integrity, and assessing student learning and success in curricular and co-curricular experiences. The Director of IESI routinely meets with University Assessment Committee members regarding curricular and co-curricular unit assessment efforts, works with the Core Curriculum Director and Special Assistant to the VP of IESI on assessment planning and tracking, steers the Academic Review Committee in facilitating the academic program review process, and works with other direct reports of the VP of IESI on strategic initiatives and effectiveness.

  • Institutional Research and Planning (IRP) facilitates continuous improvement through the use of data to inform department and institution-wide decision making and planning. IRP supports academic program review; responds to external and internal data requests, including federal reporting and surveys; fulfills accreditation compliance mandates; and develops, collects, and communicates measures of institutional effectiveness. Through data informed decision-making, USD will be able to achieve the goals of its strategic plan and thereby the success of our students and faculty.

  • Changemaker Hub is a campus-wide manifestation of USD’s Catholic mission and values, with the purpose of empowering and enabling everyone to engage in social change and social innovation. A main focus of the HUB is developing diverse opportunities - both curricular and co-curricular, for the USD community to learn about themselves, to be inspired, and to practice changemaking. Envisioning 2024, USD’s strategic plan, has Practice Changemaking as one of its six pathways to achieve its vision for 2024.

  • Karen and Tom Mulvaney Center for Community, Awareness and Social Action (CASA) provides opportunities that create lasting connections between USD and the community. Through reciprocal community-based learning, the Mulvaney Center engages USD students, faculty, staff, and alumni to learn and act in partnership with the local and global community, and make life-long commitments to promote social change and justice. By significantly expanding and deepening this work, USD will be able to fulfill its strategic initiative of becoming an anchor institution for our community. Envisioning 2024, USD’s strategic plan, has Anchor Institution as one of its six pathways to achieve its goals for 2024.
  • Care for Our Common Home focuses on sustainability and related social justice issues and is one of six pathways that lead to the achievement goals of Envisioning 2024. The Director coordinates and promotes existing campus environmental and social justice courses, projects, and research activities. Through the concept Campus as a Living Lab, the awareness of these issues for our students and faculty is brought to life on a day-to-day basis. Through this concept, students and faculty can apply what they have learned in class to improve various dimensions of campus life, ranging from examining and monitoring energy consumption to reducing the use of disposable plastic products.  These efforts are further leveraged by connecting them to other major university initiatives like StrideTo2024@USD by identifying substantial savings in operations and procurement.