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Institutional Effectiveness

MUSC Mission

The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is South Carolina’s only comprehensive academic health sciences system. Our purpose is to preserve and optimize human life in South Carolina and beyond. MUSC provides an interprofessional environment for learning, discovery, and healing through (1) education of health care professionals and biomedical scientists, (2) research in the health sciences, and (3) provision of comprehensive health care.

Purpose of the University

Founded in 1824 and located in Charleston, the university is a public institution of higher education comprising six colleges: Medicine, Dental Medicine, Health Professions, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Graduate Studies. More than 3,000 students who reflect the diversity of the community MUSC serves study for degrees at the baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral levels. Academic programs employ both traditional and distance education methods. MUSC leads the state in biomedical research and is in the top 20% of health science institutions nationally for funding from the National Institutes of Health.

Approved by Commission on Higher Education: May 27, 2021

OIE Mission

The Office of Institutional Effectiveness supports MUSC's commitment to excellence, accountability, and continuous quality improvement by ensuring that all academic programs, research support units, student support services, administrative units, and community service programs engage in best practices for outcomes assessment.  

OIE Goals

  • To assist the university in continuous quality improvement
  • To provide informative data to drive decision-making and resource allocation
  • To serve as an expert resource for outcomes assessment for institutional strategic planning
  • To support academic programs in meeting the standards of accreditation by their professional accrediting organizations
  • To ensure the university is compliant with all standards of accreditation by its regional accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges