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Institutional Engagement, Planning & Effectiveness

We come together to support the University community with valuable services and community connections. We are dedicated to helping faculty and staff with data-based decision making and increasing organizational effectiveness.

Together We Are Better

The Institutional Engagement, Planning, and Effectiveness (IEPE) Unit oversees the Office of Academic Community Engagement; Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness; Office of Assessment, Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness with Skill Share; the Office of Operational Excellence, and the Office of Title IX . The IEPE supports the efforts of WesternU by ensuring exceptional coordination of resources of the academic and operational entities, providing mission integration leadership, and assuring integration of the University’s basic principles, including humanism, equity, inclusion, and diversity, into the fabric of the institution.

About IEPE

The IEPE guides and drives WesternU mission-critical initiatives.

  • Mission & Vision


    The IEPE Unit supports Western University of Health Sciences’ mission by ensuring exceptional coordination of shared resources, guides university decision-making , and promotes community engagement and success in the health professions.


    The IEPE vision is to be a strategic partner that guides the University on its path of continual improvement and leverage shared academic and cultural programming across the University in a manner that unites faculty, staff, and students in fulfilling the University’s vision.

  • Goals

    The goals for the IEPE include:

    • Provide resources for the University to continually improve with data-based decision making.
    • Align with WesternU’s mission and vision for the future.
    • Provide for shared resources across the University ensuring optimal deployment of talent to align with mission-critical initiatives.
    • Work to maintain a safe and healthy teaching, working, and learning environment in compliance with Title IX and its policy and procedures on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct.
  • IEPE Initiative Skill Share

    Skill Share is an innovative initiative that identifies mission-critical projects across WesternU departments and matches them with employees.

    Our Commitment To HEAR

    Dr. Stephanie Bowlin, Senior Vice President of the IEPE, played a definitive role in creating WesternU’s Office of the Vice President for Humanism, Equity, and Anti-Racism. Dr. Bowlin, along with Dr. Manel Lopez-Bejar, Associate Dean in the College of Veterinary Medicine, co-chaired the Strategic Performance Initiative which engaged 30 committee members and 25 volunteers, including faculty, staff, students, senior leadership and deans to create plans resulting in the Office of Humanism, Equity, and Anti-Racism established in 2021.