The Research component of our office provides data and conducts statistical analyses for institutional decision making. The staff works closely with faculty and administrators to collect and analyze data regarding students, faculty, staff, programs, and resources. The office publishes an annual Fact Sheet that provides an overview of the College.
The office conducts a number of surveys in an effort to assess both student learning and student satisfaction at the College. Two of these surveys include: the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) and the Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory.
The Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE)
This survey is used as a tool for assessing quality in community college education and focuses primarily on levels of student learning and retention. By gauging the level of “good educational practice,” the CCSSE helps identify areas in which the College can improve their programs and services for students.
Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory
This survey examines what is important to students and how satisfied they are with their college experience. With this information, the College is better able to target the areas most in need of improvement.
The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
IPEDS is a data collection program for National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Data such as enrollment, program completion, graduation rates, finances, institutional prices, and student financial aid are collected from all providers of postsecondary education in the country. Institutional Research at Bristol Community College oversees the collection and submission of this information three times per year. Institutional Research staff work with the College’s Registrar, Director of Financial Aid, Vice President of Human Resources and Affirmative Action, and Comptroller to process these submissions.
State Performance Measures
The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education uses a Performance Measurement System for state and community colleges “in order to promote accountability for effective management and stewardship of public funds and to achieve and demonstrate measurable educational outcomes.” BCC provides institutional information that becomes incorporated into two reports- a Performance Measurement Report and a Key Performance Indicators Linear Trends Report.