Planning, Research, and Institutional Effectiveness
Lenoir Community College aspires to be the community college of choice for a diverse, local, regional, and global community.
Lenoir Community College, a member of the North Carolina Community College System, is a comprehensive two-year public institution. The College offers associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates through educational programs in college transfer, business, industry, public service, health sciences, and continuing education for the intellectual, economic, social, and cultural development of students and the community. Programs and support services are accessible through traditional and distance learning.
Accreditation from Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC)
Lenoir Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lenoir Community College.
Research and review statistical information about the students, financial aid, college operation, and more at Lenoir Community College using the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) data base. The data is provided by LCC through the college’s annual reporting requirement with the federal government.
Institutional Effectiveness is the systematic and continuous process of collecting, analyzing, and distributing data and information linked to goals and outcomes developed by each program to embrace the mission and vision of Lenoir Community College. Institutional Effectiveness is an ongoing, cyclical process composed of goal setting, implementation, evaluation, assessment, and improvement that is applied at every level of the College and involves all faculty, staff, and students. It is a fundamental part of the College’s commitment to continuous improvement of programs and services. At LCC, we are committed to the review of our mission, goals, and objectives, and to the measurement, evaluation, and reporting of the outcomes of our activities to ensure quality service.
The Office of Institutional Effectiveness provides administrative assistance, coordination, information, and data analysis for the College’s planning and research activities. The Office works collaboratively with all members of the College to fulfill the educational mission of the North Carolina Community College System and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (Commission on Colleges) while achieving the mission and vision of the College. The office facilitates the incorporation of assessment, planning, and institutional research to evaluate and enhance all academic programs and services.
The Office collects, analyzes, organizes, and disseminates data and institutional information by conducting the following activities:
- Providing leadership that encourages campus-wide participation in the planning process
- Facilitating and serving as the liaison for the collection, distribution, and exchange of college-wide information to support institutional decision-making, planning, and reporting
- Guiding the development, implementation, and assessment of strategic planning and institutional improvement throughout the College
- Coordinating institutional evaluation and assessment activities
- Developing and publishing institutional reports
- Assisting with the development of appropriate outcomes and evaluation measurements
- Facilitating the utilization of evaluation results to improve processes
- Assisting programs with compliance and accreditation requirements
- Guiding the College through a successful Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (Commission on Colleges) reaffirmation process and assisting in the preparation of responses
- Monitoring the utilization of institutional goals and objectives in the development of the College budget
Institutional Research can make a significant impact on the growth and development of the College. Institutional Research is instrumental in establishing and maintaining research data, reporting data, coordinating data for long-range planning, conducting studies, and coordinating research efforts of staff and faculty.
Planning and assessment at LCC begins and ends with the College’s mission. Specifically, measurable educational and service outcomes have been derived from a mission and long-term goals that stress educational access, comprehensive choices, and quality. How effectively the College achieves its expected outcomes is a measure of overall institutional effectiveness.
The conceptual model of LCC’s annual cycle of planning and assessment operates on two types of planning: assessment planning and strategic planning. Assessment planning involves setting specific, measurable program and service outcomes that describe the benefits that students, faculty, staff, and other community stakeholders can expect.
Strategic planning supports assessment planning by setting the future direction of the College and by anticipating the physical and human resources necessary to provide timely, effective, and meaningful outcomes. Both types of planning include a quality improvement based cycle. Each stage (Plan, Do, Study, and Act) of the cycle is subdivided into specific planning and assessment activities. Plans for improving performance and services for the upcoming instructional year are devised through collaboration and approval of the planning division and administration.
For more information please contact:
Director of Distance Education and Institutional Effectiveness
Learning Resources Center, (Building 5), Room 227A
Phone: (252) 527-6223, ext. 516
Administration (Building 3), Room 121N
Phone: (252) 527-6223, ext. 321
Fax: (252) 233-6879
Dr. Deborah Grimes
Senior Vice President of Instruction and Student Services
and SACSCOC College Liaison
Administration (Building 003), Room 104
Phone: (252) 527-6223, ext. 344
Fax: (252) 233-6879