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The MJC Office of Research and Planning establishes baseline data, conducts research, prepares analytical reports, and supplies data and analysis to support College planning and decision making. The analysis function involves designing, developing, and completing interpretive studies as well as timely provision of accurate, current, and relevant institutional data to the MJC campus community and other interested stakeholders.
The Office serves as a primary source of consultation and guidance on development of institutional plans such as the Basic Skills Initiative (BSI), MJC Student Equity Plan, Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative (IEPI), and MJC Key Performance Indicators Framework (KPI). The MJC Instruction, Student Services, and College Councils use this information to integrate data into strategic planning and educational master plan (EMP) development, along with providing recommendations for future directions and budget allocations for the college.
Research and Planning Functions
The scope of data reporting from the Office typically starts with institutional data related to students, enrollment, and factors associated with student success at the course and program level. Additionally, the Office provides a framework for critical analysis of academic program review, outcomes assessment reporting, and learning outcomes.
Data reporting utilizes standardized data sets from the California State Chancellor's Office DataMart reporting system as well as internal databases and data dashboard (i.e. real-time updated) reporting.
Survey Research Management and Consultation
The Office coordinates and reports on the results of institutional surveys such as the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE), the upcoming Survey of Online Student Engagement (SOSE), campus climate survey development, and related studies.
*** (December 2016 Update)*** Planning is currently underway for administration of the 2017 CCSSE survey and SOSE survey during Spring semester 2017. A final list of custom college questions specific to MJC has been submitted to CCSSE for inclusion in the 2017 CCSSE survey.
Many thanks to all who assisted with the custom questions development.
Details regarding the timelines for the 2017 CCSSE survey and SOSE survey are available from Scott Kerlin, who is serving as MJC campus coordinator for the CCSSE. For more general information please visit About the CCSSE.
Research Support and Data Requests
The Office of Research and Planning provides analytic support through publication of reports (electronic or print) at designated intervals (e.g. quarterly) and through ad-hoc requests by the Office's constituents. The Office also provides consultation to campus committees and individuals on request, and assists campus data users who wish to conduct their own analysis.
Requests for research assistance should be submitted through the Research Request
form on the left side of this website. For information pertaining to the MJC Institutional
Review Board (IRB) please contact Scott Kerlin.
The Office of Research and Planning offers strategic analysis, interpretation and periodic updates for a variety of strategic research projects. Questions should be directed to Scott Kerlin, Director of College Research.
Institutional Plans and Data Summary Reports 2015-16
Scott Kerlin, Ph.D.
Director, College Research and Planning
Phone: (209) 575-6727
James Palmer, MBA
College Research Analyst
Phone: (209) 575-6220
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