Profile- Gaubatz, Noreen

Name: Noreen Gaubatz

Title: Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness and SACSCOC Liaison

Education: Ph.D., Higher Education Administration, Syracuse University;

M.S. Biology, Northeastern Illinois University;

B.S. Biology and Broad Field of Science, Carroll College

Office: 102 Tillman Hall

Phone: 803/323-3707


Web: Academic Affairs

Areas(s): Educational Leadership, Strategic Planning, Continuous Improvement, Student Ratings of Teaching Effectiveness


Division of Academic Affairs


As Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Noreen Gaubatz coordinates and integrates the institutional functions that foster student success and support institutional performance, quality, and efficiency. These coordinated functions include strategic planning, outcomes assessment, institutional research, regional/specialized accreditation, and program/unit review.  As SACSCOC Liaison, Dr. Gaubatz assists the institution in remaining compliant with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) expectations. These include substantive change, financial and enrollment reporting, and Fifth-Year and Decennial Compliance Reviews.

Prior to joining Winthrop University in 2016, Dr. Gaubatz served as the Vice President of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness and SACSCOC Liaison at Birmingham Southern College, Alabama. Her primary responsibility was to establish the inaugural Office of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness. She engaged faculty and staff in initiating unit assessment processes, developing a general education assessment process, spearheading an institutional strategic planning process, coordinating national survey studies, conducting student retention studies and various other internal research studies, and leading the institution through a SACSCOC Decennial Review and Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). Other professional experiences include serving as Assistant Director of the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment at Syracuse University, New York. Commissioned by the Chancellor, she conducted studies addressing diversity, academic integrity, employee satisfaction, student retention and graduation, and collaborated in additional research studies with industry and educational partners.

Gaubatz’s teaching experience spans graduate, undergraduate, degree completion, distance education, and high school. Her teaching areas include higher education administration (administrative principles and practices, the academic program, research methods) and the biological sciences (anatomy, physiology, environment science).