The Office of Institutional Research gathers statistical information, conducts assessment, and guides accreditation activities so that Independence Community College can best serve its students, employees, and other stakeholders.
The Office of Institutional Research (IR) serves the campus through data collection and research for internal improvement and external accountability.
Accreditation: The IR Director serves the campus as both the Accreditation Liaison Officer and the Secretary for the College’s AQIP Steering Committee. For more information regarding Independence Community College’s accreditation processes, please visit the Accreditation page »
- Research: a systematic investigation designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge, or investigation designed to test a hypothesis.
- Human Subject: Living individual(s) about whom an investigator conducting research obtains: (1) data through intervention or interaction with the individual, or (2) identifiable private information. (Paraphrased from 45 CFR 46) Please Note: Special guidelines apply to children included in research classified as Exempt.
- Research Study: Types of research and data collection methodologies that present minimal risk to subjects. Risk is minimized through anonymity of responses or through the use of non-invasive methodologies that will not harm subjects. Current examples of Exempt level research at ICC inlcude anonymous assessment activities.
The National Community College Benchmark Project (NCCBP) was established by The National Higher Education Benchmarking Institute at Johnson County Community College in response to requirements for inter-institutional comparisons and in order to standardize a nation-wide benchmark reporting process. 251 two-year institutions from across the United States participated in NCCBP for the 2016 administration. Independence Community College began its membership with NCCBP in 2012 with data collection coordinated by the Office of Institutional Research.