This series is part of an effort to showcase teaching and learning efforts at MVC.
Posted on behalf of Iva Bergeron, Dean of PRIE and SACSCOC Accreditation Liaison.
Can you tell us about a service your department is responsible for at Mountain View College (MVC)?
The Office of Planning Research and Institutional Effectiveness has a variety of responsibilities. The planning arm of our office works with the PBA Committee to develop and institutionalize planning. This includes strategic planning, department planning, and unit planning. Research in our department is data research. We assist the college by gathering and aggregating data to inform decision making. We are also responsible for institutional effectiveness. While institutional effectiveness includes both planning and research, it is reviewing what we are doing, assessing what we are doing, and making improvements. This is something that we should all strive for, but is also required by our accreditation agency, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
How does this service support the college mission?
Mountain View College has as part of its mission statement to ‘provide exemplary education through higher education programs, workforce development, educational support services, continuing education opportunities and community partnerships.’ Our office serves as the anchor in insuring that these things not only happen, but that they are planned, reviewed, and improved. Our office helps the college adhere to the comprehensive requirements and standards of our accreditation agency, which are designed to insure that we maintain practices that are acceptable to the Department of Education.
What are some of the most frequent questions you receive related to this service?
Our office receives many questions, all the time! We must indeed be a family, because people do not mind sending us questions at all hours of the day and night J. Unfortunately, most questions are unrelated. However, we have received questions such as:
- What high schools serve as our feeder schools?
- How many dual credit students do we have?
- What’s our student success percentage in developmental courses?
- How many employees do we have?
- How diverse are our employees and/or students?
The questions are very varied.
I would like to mention, that it is always beneficial for us if the person making the request will let us know what problem they are trying to solve. Oftentimes we get requests and fulfill the requests only to find out that it doesn’t answer the requestor’s question. Additionally, there is a lot of data available on the District’s Data Depot.
What is the data depot?
The Data Depot is an online resource designed to assist all DCCCD locations with access to readily available data. The District IR Department (Systemic Reporting and Analytics) created this resource, which is available via MyPortal, to provide immediate data to those in need. The Data Depot includes several dashboards and key performance indicators for each college. Data available includes: enrollment, contact hour, transfer information and much more. This data should be reviewed prior to contacting PRIE, as it may serve to answer many questions.
If interested in learning more, where would you point folks towards?
To access the Data Depot, an employee would simply go to MyPortal, and review the Popular Links on the right. Data Depot is the third link listed. Once in Data Depot, employees would click on their area of interest. If anyone is having problems accessing this data, they can contact my office at 214-860-8735. We will be happy to assist.