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Institutional Effectiveness

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The Office of Planning, Research, Assessment and Accreditation (OPRAA) is responsible for four key functions of the college including: strategic planning, institutional research, assessment (student learning, program, and administrative), and accreditation. Below is a description of these four institutional functions.

Strategic Planning
The Strategic Planning component facilitates the strategic planning process at the departmental and institutional levels through the College Success Council (CSC), training, strategy session facilitation, communication, and support of the online planning system Strategic Planning Online. The CSC emphasizes planning and effectiveness to integrate continuous improvement and campus-wide representation into all programs and services.

Institutional Research
The Institutional Research component supports campus leaders and policy makers in wise planning, programming, and fiscal decisions covering a broad range of institutional responsibilities. These areas can include research support to senior academic leaders, admissions, financial aid, curriculum, enrollment management, staffing, student life, finance, facilities, athletics, alumni relations and many others. Also included in the IR function is the use of data collected for governmental reporting and to benchmark their results against similar institutions.

Assessment
Institutional Assessment coordinates the development and implementation of systematic, data-driven improvements that are consistent with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) principles for all college instructional and operational programs and services. Assessment results will be used to provide an annual comprehensive report and analysis of the implications for budget, goals, staffing, facilities and equipment needs, as well as providing information that informs the College of its ability to address strategic objectives and strategic initiatives included in the College's Strategic Plan

Accreditation
The Accreditation component serves as the college's liaison with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), our regional accrediting agency, and supports college departments in their professional accreditation review process.

Annual Planning, Budget and Assessment Timeline 2014-2015

To view the 2014-2015 Planning, Budget and Assessment Timeline click here.