In order to “promote effective use of valid and reliable data in decision-making, planning, and communication” (Strategic Objective 9.5), 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. Director of Advising, Vicki Domina, planned a pilot of the new model for the 2019-2020 school year and approached Institutional Research to develop an evaluation plan. With Vicki’s 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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