Richland Community College’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness & Planning coordinates the functions of accreditation, assessment, grant initiatives, institutional research, and planning. Utilizing a data-informed decision-making process, institutional effectiveness at Richland emphasizes continuous improvement and data-informed decision making. Reaccreditation, continuous improvement of programs and services, and progress in meeting the College’s mission and vision are emphasized in the work of this office.

The Office of Institutional Effectiveness & Planning has responsibilities for:

  • Assist the Richland Community College community in engaging in ongoing, integrated, and institution-wide research-based planning and evaluation processes
  • Facilitate a systematic review of programs and services that results in continuous improvement and demonstrates that Richland is effectively accomplishing its mission
  • Provide leadership for institutional research and assist in the collection and analyzation of data to support decision-making, strategic planning, and assessment
  • Provide leadership and direction for the college-wide strategic planning process
  • Support processes and direction for accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission and provide support for specialized accreditation reporting of divisions
  • Assist with state and federal reporting
  • Coordinate grant initiatives throughout the College and maintain an updated list of grants for internal and external stakeholders
  • Assist faculty and staff in identifying and assessing expected outcomes for educational programs, academic and student support services, administrative support services, and community public service.
  • Assist faculty and staff in identifying and providing evidence of improvement based on the expected outcomes for their course, program, or service

ACCREDITATION – Accreditation material, including information about The Higher Learning Commission/North Central Association, Assurance Argument (formerly the Systems Portfolio), and Continuous Improvement Process initiatives, are located here.

ASSESSMENT – This centralized repository includes information regarding student learning outcomes, assessment plans, activities and resources, and use of student learning evidence.

GRANT INITIATIVES – Materials regarding grant writing and other grant initiatives around the College are featured here.

INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH – College-wide survey results, IR data request form, Institutional Review Board (IRB) Form, and other information related to institutional research are located here.

STRATEGIC PLANNING – Richland Community College’s Strategic Plan and Environmental Scan are provided. Click here for more information

Institutional Glossary

Richland has created an Institutional Glossary as a reference for terms, College divisions, and initiatives. This version was approved by the College Council in spring 2023.

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