INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH AND PLANNING

Mission Statement

The Office of Institutional Research and Planning is dedicated to assisting Passaic County Community College in its educational mission through research, planning, and assessment activities. The Office serves to assist the college president with planning, and assessment initiatives to monitor and promote institutional growth and effectiveness of the institution. The Office serves all segments of the College community, including faculty, staff, administrators, and students through collection, maintenance, analysis, and interpretation of information required for both planning and assessment, and by dissemination of reports and summary findings.

 

GOALS AND PRACTICES


  • Provide accurate and timely information to internal and external constituencies as requested.
     
  • Be a resource of expertise in research, assessment and planning (including methodology, analysis, interpretation and communication of information)
     
  • Conduct or co-ordinate appropriate and necessary studies and analyses that contribute to student learning and goal achievement, as well as enhance understanding of the programs and community needs.
     
  • Represent the Office and PCCC on statewide and other committees or groups when necessary.
     
  • Continually review and upgrade skills, knowledge and processes, and use appropriate technology and methodology to enhance the services provided by the Office.
     
  • Conduct statistical analyses (both descriptive and inferential) of available College data on enrollment, degrees, grades, retention and graduation, instruction, employees, and survey results.
     
  • Conduct survey research involving entering students, currently enrolled students, graduating students, non-returning students, alumni, faculty and staff.
     
  • Conduct environmental scans to provide contextual information for planning purposes.
     
  • Manage data by creating and maintaining a data warehouse containing longitudinal information on enrolled students, alumni, academic programs, instruction, and personnel
    Maintain a web site to disseminate reports and other information.


Coordinate external reporting of institutional statistics to state and federal agencies, accrediting agencies, non-profit associations, and other organizations.


Prepare descriptive and analytical reports for use by campus policy-makers and policy-making bodies (e.g., the Fact Book).