The Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness is responsible for providing the college leadership with information that supports institutional planning, policy formation and decision making; for coordinating responses to inquiries for college-related information and serving as a comprehensive source for information about the institution; and for administering the Ohio Board of Regents Higher Education Information system (HEI) data collection/reporting system on campus.
The daily operations of Institutional Research and Effectiveness are organized around five primary activities:
The office is responsible for the statistical and analytical work associated with the collection, review, analyses, distribution and presentation of college information. The office conducts and analyzes survey instruments, such as the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSEE) and Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE) and is responsible for the data submission for the Community College Benchmarking Project and the Kansas Study. Institutional Research & Effectiveness plays an important role in data submission to the Ohio Higher Education Information System and IPEDS. The office also responds to numerous ad hoc requests for data and information from various constituencies on campus; many times that deals specifically with program level accreditation. Members of the office serve on a number of internal committees to provide research support.
Institutional effectiveness relates to the extent to which an institution achieves its missions and goals. This is done through a continual process of planning and outcomes assessment for the purpose of documenting that Central Ohio Technical College is achieving its mission and goals and continuously improving its programs and services.