Vice Provost for Institutional Planning & Quality

Maryland, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Feb 23, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Provides strategic direction and analytical support for the University, departments, programs and activities to develop formative assessments in order to provide evidence to improve programs, and provides visionary and effective leadership as well as reliable, complete and understandable data and information to inform decision-making; promotes a college-wide culture of research supported and evidence-based decision-making and provides data support and predictive modeling to develop student success outcomes, academic policy, and academic program evaluations in furtherance of institutional mission.  Supports the academic planning process for developing, revising, consolidating or discontinuing academic programs; serves as principal liaison to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) and ensures that accreditation requirements are incorporated into the planning and evaluation process of the institution and that all new programs are consistent with MSCHE guidelines. The Vice Provost for Institutional Academic Planning & Quality will work collaboratively and positively with senior leadership, faculty and staff including the President’s Cabinet, Provost’s and Deans’ Council to ensure comprehensive, university-wide planning, assessment and evaluation of student learning outcomes and program goals.

Reporting directly to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and working in close collaboration with the Vice Provost for Decision Science & Visualization, the successful candidate will use his/her experience in higher education to support the ongoing academic development and quality, in service of student learning, academic planning, and institutional  planning. The Directors of the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) and the Center for Instructional Technology and Online Learning (CITOL) will report to the Vice Provost for Institutional Academic Planning & Quality.

Job Requirements:

  1. Under the direction of the Provost, manage the implementation of the University strategic plan, working closely with campus units to conduct organizational reviews to identify strengths and weaknesses and to evaluate institutional effectiveness against the plan.
  2. Develop and implement strategic planning for program evaluation and student assessment operations, including developing a data-driven culture that emphasizes transparency in assessment and assessment for learning. Makes recommendations to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of administrative support activities.
  3. Lead faculty, student and staff in the creation and maintenance of formative assessments that provide evidence for ongoing program development, as well as change management for the adoption of evidence-based approaches to assessment and evaluation, as well as innovations in learning analytics.
  4. Collaborate and liaise across multiple units, including Academic Computing and other service units in the education mission to maintain high standards for an education data warehouse, data science activities, and a data-driven culture across the college.
  5. Ensure that departments and educational governance committees receive timely data, via reports and presentations, on the effectiveness of accomplishing program objectives.
  6. Lead policy in evaluation and assessment, and actively participate in educational governance sub-committees.
  7. Develop and automate dashboard analysis of institutional operations with institutional research and data governance.
  8. Review student feedback, reports/dashboards, and other outcome data to evaluate the effectiveness of new program and alter accordingly through a continuous quality improvement process (CQI).
  9. Provide leadership and innovation for educational program leaders to develop new program proposals giving guidance on curriculum structure, resources, compliance, and operations.
  10. Serve as the administrator responsible for the operational oversight to work in collaboration with program leadership and with the Maryland Higher Education Commission, for accreditation submissions for new programs to meet accreditation requirements and on-going accreditation standards for review and evaluation.
  11. Serve as the primary liaison to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) and ensures that accreditation requirements are incorporated into the planning and evaluation process of the institution and that all new programs are consistent with MSCHE guidelines.
  12. Performs other related duties as assigned.


  1. Demonstrated experience in leadership and problem solving in complex organizations.
  2. Evidence of knowledge and capabilities in higher education policy.
  3. Understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion associated with national and regional accreditation.
  4. Demonstrated skills to manage interdisciplinary teams efficiently and effectively.
  5. Skills to communicate information clearly, orally and in writing, to a wide variety of people individually and in groups.
  6. Strong understanding of accreditation and program development, assessment, and evaluation.
  7. Understanding of contemporary issues faced by academic institutions related to student learning outcomes assessment and accountability expected for change management.

Minimum Requirements:

  1. Earned doctorate degree from an accredited university;
  2. At least 3 years of higher education work experience related to assessment, evaluation, program development, strategic planning or other higher education administration (e.g., department chair, associate/assistant dean, dean, vice provost, provost, etc.) after earning doctoral degree.
  3. Experience with higher education research, planning, policy, and practice.


  • Preferred:

    Earned doctorate for at least 3years 

    Successful experience (3 or more years) in supervision of diverse staff

    Experience with higher education assessment, evaluation and accreditation

    Experience with budget procedures and practices 

    Experience working in or with colleges and universities (at least Carnegie R-2 level preferred)

    Experience working closely with others as part of a team and with stakeholders and local partners to manage relationships and deliver work. 

    Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. Qualified applicants should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names of three current, professional references to include e-mail address and telephone number. All applicants must apply using the new online application system. Please visit to apply. The successful candidate must be able to accept employment in the United States without Employer Immigration sponsorship.

    UMES is an EEO/AA employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation. Minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate must be able to show acceptable documentation establishing the right to accept employment in the United States of America without employer sponsorship.