About Research and Planning

The Office of Institutional Effectiveness serves as a primary source of consultation and guidance on the development of institutional plans such as the Education Master Plan,  Student Equity and Achievement (SEA) Plan, College Technology Plan, and Online Learning Plan. The MJC participatory governance groups use this information to integrate data into strategic planning and education master plan (EMP) development, along with providing recommendations for future directions and budget allocations for the college.  

The Office's research function is guided by the standards of quality institutional research as outlined by the Research and Planning (RP) Group, the California Association of Institutional Research (CAIR), and the Association of Institutional Research (AIR). Its overarching approach to research is informed by a wide array of academic, institutional, and applied resources. 

Research, Planning, and Evaluation Functions 

The scope of planning and evaluation from the Office typically starts with institutional data related to students, enrollment, and factors associated with student success. The Office provides a framework for critical analysis of academic program review and outcomes assessment reporting.

Data reporting utilizes standardized data sets from the California State Chancellor's Office DataMart reporting system and Student Success Metrics Launch Board. Institutional data is also provided in MJC dashboards, including. trend analyses. 

The Office also provides consultation and frequent data updates to key campus committees and individuals on request and assists campus data users who wish to conduct their own analysis. 

Survey Research Management and Consultation

The Office provides consultation on the development and analysis of surveys for assessment of institutional effectiveness in a variety of strategic areas. It coordinates and reports on the results of institutional surveys such as the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) and local student surveys as needed. The Office's 11-year trend analysis of CCSSE results at MJC from 2006-2019 has enabled strategic long-range assessment of institutional performance in key benchmark areas.