• The growing need for institutional effectiveness in the Christian School
  • The importance of accreditation and continuous school improvement
  • The importance of quality educational leadership for institutional success

Institutional effectiveness is defined as the extent to which an institution achieves its mission and goals. Although the term "institutional effectiveness" is typically reserved for colleges and universities, this session looks at the need for it in our Christian Schools.

The effectiveness process is an ongoing, school-wide process of planning and outcomes assessment for the purpose of documenting that the school is achieving its mission and goals and continuously improving its programs and services.

An important aspect of institutional effectiveness is high quality leadership and participants will study ACSI’s Christian School Leadership Framework and effective board governance. Another major aspect of institutional effectiveness is the accreditation process. Schools accredited by ACSI are recognized around the world for their consistent Christian commitment, academic excellence, and educational effectiveness. 

Participants will hear about the REACH 2.0 protocol as well as the “Exemplary Accreditation” for qualifying schools. We will also look at the ACSI “Formative to Flourishing School Continuum: Growing Stronger,” a model that provides a high level summary for continuous school improvement and institutional effectiveness.


Diane Bunker, PhD
Diane Bunker, PhD
Diane H. Bunker, PhD serves as the ACSI South-Central Regional Director which covers Texas, Louisiana, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. She has been a part of the Christian school movement for 27 years as a science teacher, middle school and secondary school principal, assistant head of school, and head of school. She has been an adjunct professor at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and is a current adjunct professor at UT-Arlington in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, K-16 masters program. Diane serves as a team leader and team member for ACSI/AdvancED school accreditation and she is a past member of the ACSI Regional Accreditation Commission. She is a presenter at various educational events on topics of school leadership, accreditation, and institutional effectiveness.