In order to “promote effective use of valid and reliable data in decision-making, planning, and communication” (Strategic Objective
9.5 (PDF)), the Office of Institutional Research has developed the “Nine Point Five Series” (previously the Nine
Point Eight series) as a way to share the results of our more notable studies with the College. We will have a new
edition at least once a year.
The Office of Institutional Research has developed a collection of reports that provide comparisons between SCC and three different peer
groups. These reports, which use data from IPEDS for their source, are meant to provide general data on various
aspects of higher education. These reports are published with Tableau Public. As such, the following data displays
are interactive and customizable.
Data Feedback Reports are provided by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and allow SCC to compare
information reported annually via the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data (IPEDS) with peer institutions. The
peer (comparison) group chosen by NCES consists of institutions with several characteristics similar to SCC.
Typically 20-25 measures are provided for benchmarking with the comparison group.
With direction from the 2014-2019 Strategic Plan, Southeast Community College decided to move to a new model for
student advising. the Director of Advising, planned a pilot of the new model for the 2019-2020 school year and
approached Institutional Research to develop an evaluation plan. With input, the IR team implemented a multi-faced
evaluation of the advising pilot that included: (a) tracking of institutional outcomes, (b) student survey, (c)
advisor survey, (d) evaluation of contact logs compiled by the pilot advisors, and (e) a series of focused
conversations with a longer focus group held after the completion of the fall 2019 term. (The coronavirus pandemic
scuttled plans to repeat the study during spring 2020.)
The following documents provide the (very encouraging) findings from all components of the pilot study.
The Voluntary Framework of Accountability (VFA) is an accountability framework for community colleges with measures
defined to encompass the full breadth of the community college mission and the diversity of students' goals and
educational experiences. Read more
about the VFA. See the summarized data provided to VFA by
Southeast Community College.
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