Office of Institutional Effectiveness

The Office of Institutional Effectiveness is responsible for college-wide strategic planning and institutional research to support data-informed decision making. This includes supporting three campuses with institutional and program accreditation and technical assistance and training to facilitate continuous improvement.

Key Services

  • Enrollment Management - Enrollment tracking, trends, and projection
  • Resource Management - Course scheduling, facilities, and staffing
  • Accreditation - Institutional and program accreditation
  • Assessment - Student learning outcomes and program review
  • Surveys - Satisfaction, engagement, campus climate surveys of students
  • Research and Evaluation - Special projects to evaluate effectiveness
  • Strategic Planning - Performance metrics, college's strategic plan, master academic plan, etc.
  • Institutional Review Board (IRB)
    • The federal government requires that all research involving human subjects conducted by an institution that receives federal funding be reviewed in advance by an IRB at the institution.  The IRB review process is designed to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects.  Procedures for application and further explanations can be found in the IRB Handbook. A completed application with all supporting documents must be submitted for approval before beginning the project.
    • IRB Application
    • IRB Handbook
  • Ad hoc requests 
    • Special requests for data often turn into larger end-user databases. Ad hoc requests can take two weeks to complete, as we do these in addition to the normal enrollment and program reporting work of the IR office.

MnSCU Performance Metrics

Accountability Dashboard - ARCC

Accountability Dashboard - ATC

Accountability Dashboard - Anoka Colleges


Code of Ethics

Institutional Research Code of Ethics and Professional Practice

Institutional Research Personnel

Nora Morris, Dean of Research, Evaluation, and Libraries
Accreditation, Program Review and Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Elisabeth Palmer, Director of Institutional Research
Institutional Research

Jennifer Hennen, Research Analyst Intermediate
Assessment, Enrollment, and Data Integrity

Juliana Boner, Management Analyst
IPEDS, Graduate Follow-up Survey, and External Surveys             

 Did you know?

  • In FY 2012, 1,159 students graduated from ARCC and 574 graduated from ATC!
  • 69.5% of ARCC graduates and 88.1% of ATC graduates found related employment within a year of graduating (based on the number of FY 2012 graduates available for employment).
  • 47.3% of ARCC graduates and 10.6% of ATC graduates continued their education after completing his or her program(s) of study in FY 2012.

Want to know more about the Graduate Follow-Up Surveys?

ARCC: N:\ARCC Public\Institutional Data\Graduate Follow-Up Survey data

ATC: S:\Institutional Data\Graduate Follow-Up Survey data 




Nora Morris
Dean of Research, Evaluation and Libraries

Elisabeth Palmer
Director of Institutional Research

Jennifer Pearson Hennen
Research Analyst Intermediate

Juliana Boner
Management Analyst