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Institutional Capacity Assessment Tool (ICAT)

ICAT Tool

What is the Institutional Capacity Assessment Tool?


The Institutional Capacity Assessment Tool is an online self-assessment to help colleges assess their strengths and areas for improvement in the seven key dimensions encompassed in the Institutional Capacity Framework shown to the right. The assessment process asks a broad range of college stakeholders to assess their institution’s capacity across four levels, from minimal to exemplary. Once an institution completes the assessment, the participants engage in a large group dialogue using the Institutional Capacity Framework and discussion prompts to celebrate strengths, prioritize areas for improvement and identify concrete actions for building capacity to support student success efforts. The framework and the tool were developed based on the collective input from Achieving the Dream (ATD) staff, coaches, advisors, nonprofit experts and community college practitioners.

Click Institutional Capacity Assessment Tool Overview for more...

Institutional Capacity is measured in seven areas:

  1. Leadership and Vision
  2. Data & Technology
  3. Equity
  4. Teaching and Learning
  5. Engagement & Communication
  6. Strategy & Planning
  7. Policies and Practices

The Assessment Tool may be downloaded by clicking Institutional Capacity Assessment Tool Question Summary.

The Results Summary displays the aggregated responses from all college participants and disaggregated results by functional area and role to identify areas where there is a convergence of opinion or divergence of opinion. The Results Summary is password protected, available to MVCC employees only, and may be downloaded by clicking Institutional Capacity Assessment Tool Results Summary.

The Response Distribution summarizes the response distribution for each question in the assessment tool and is complimentary to the Institutional Capacity Assessment Results Summary above. The Response Summary is password protected, available to MVCC employees only, and may be downloaded by clicking Institutional Capacity Assessment Tool Response Distribution.

The Responses to Open Ended Questions are password protected, available to MVCC employees only, and may be downloaded by clicking Responses to Open Ended Questions.