College Research and Planning
Welcome to the Columbia College Office of Research and Planning! We are a full-service research department dedicated to the Columbia College community. Our primary services include:
Integrated planning – The Office of Research and Planning is deeply involved in analytic reporting for college planning activities like the Educational and Facilities Master Plans, strategic planning, accreditation, and grant management
Formative and summative evaluation support – We are experts in social science research methodology, and work with community members to develop protocols to monitor the impacts of programs and services
Data development – We are content experts in the Yosemite Community College District's data stores and systems, and we work closely with research and systems teams across the district to help maintain a productive flow of information
- Divisional support – Researchers analyze enrollment and completion trends to aid instructional program planning, and they help to summarize usage of student services to ensure that all Columbia College students benefit from non-instructional academic support mechanisms
How to access research, data, and other information
- All visitors, including members of the public, are invited to start with:
- Faculty and staff should also visit our secured data dashboard site, which is the best place to start gathering information and exploring trends related to specific courses and programs
- Faculty and staff should also visit our SharePoint Program Review Archive for completed instructional and student service program review submissions, and the Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) assessment information webpage .
How to make a request
Not seeing what you’re looking for? We are a small shop at a small college, and the best way to get service is just to send us an email or give us a call. Please plan ahead! Gathering data that is not already found in our online dashboards may take several days or weeks. Strategic planning, conceptual development, evaluation work, student success monitoring, and research project management are all highly involved activities that require ongoing collaboration. Be sure to contact us as soon as you begin planning your project, or as soon as you know that you will need to collect data.
Planning surveys, research, and other types of data gathering at Columbia College?
All internal and external actors intending to gather information of any sort on the Columbia College campus or from Columbia College’s community members (i.e., students, faculty, staff, and partners) should consult with the Office of Research and Planning prior to beginning any data collection, and should not proceed without an approval or referral. There are no exceptions to this rule, and contacting us should be a first step, not a last step. Please visit our Data Gathering at Columbia College webpage for more detailed information.