Institutional Research

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 »

Assessment: The IR Office is a campus resource for a variety of assessment activities including annual departmental review, student learning outcomes assessment, and academic program review.  The IR Director is the College’s Unit Administrator for Tk20, a learning outcomes assessment management system.  For more information regarding Independence Community College’s assessment of student and stakeholder learning outcomes, please visit the Assessment page »
Integrity of Research: Independence Community College employees wishing to conduct a research study with human subjects at the Exempt level must complete and submit the document below to Deborah A. Phelps, Director of Institutional Research, Instiitutional Review Board Chair. The ICC IRB's membership is composed of the Chief Academic Officer, the Registrar, the Director of Institutional Research, and the Institutional Research Assistant.
Important Definitions:
  • 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.

ICC Content and Authorization Cover Letter »

Data Collection: Annual data collection utilizing in-house and nationally normed surveys is coordinated by the IR Office.  Comparative data is collected through the administration of the Noel Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI), the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE), the Community College Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (CCFSSE), the National Community College Benchmarking Project (NCBPP), and the National Community College Cost and Productivity Project (NCCCPP). 

Student Right to Know: The College designated the IR Office as the department responsible to ensure that all students have access to student consumer information.  Student Consumer Information is available by clicking the Student Right to Know link at the bottom of every website page and/or by contacting the IR Office by phone at 620-332-5419 or by email at