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Institutional Effectiveness, Planning and Research

Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Planning, & Research

The Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Planning, and Research supports institutional decision-making through strategic planning, the collection and analysis of data, and various research activities.

The Office is responsible for constructing instruments and evaluation plans, administering surveys and assessments, analyzing and reporting data to meet state/federal reporting guidelines, and preparing reports to support institutional planning and evaluation.

Processes are systematic, explicit, and documented, and measure performance against mission in all aspects of the College. A commitment to continuous improvement is at the heart of our on-going planning and evaluation processes. The Office’s approach to institutional effectiveness includes:

  • all programs, services, and constituencies
  • is strongly linked to the decision-making process at all levels
  • provides a sound basis for budget decisions, resource allocations, and plans for institutional improvement

Our ongoing and systematic, institutional processes and practices include:

  • planning
  • the evaluation of programs and services (including administration and student services)
  • the identification and measurement of outcomes across all institutional units (including learning and program outcomes in instructional programs),
  • the use of data and assessment results to inform decision-making (culture of evidence) 

All of these activities are accomplished with the purpose of improving programs and services and increasing student success and institutional quality.

Contact Information

Lindsay Hutcherson
Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Research, and Planning
lindsay.hutcherson@coastalalabama.edu

Kaitlyn Bradley
Institutional Research Specialist
kaitlyn.bradley@coastalalabama.edu