Planning and Research

Central Piedmont Community College is dedicated to improving the student experience and success through data informed decisions. The Office of Planning and Research provides meaningful information and analysis to campus leadership, departments and various stakeholders to be used during the decision-making, planning, and assessment process.

The Office of Planning and Research:

  • enhances the college’s capacity to use data in determining strategic and operational actions by ensuring high-quality data is readily available and meaningfully conveyed to appropriate stakeholders
  • strengthens the college’s continuous improvement efforts by conducting a robust, collaborative assessment program
  • ensures compliance with accreditation standards by supporting the college’s commitment to continued excellence
  • promotes data literacy by providing access to resources and sharing knowledge of best practices in data research, survey methodologies, and assessment practices

The Association for Institutional Research (AIR) describes in more detail the duties and functions of institutional research.

Planning and Research Request Form, Research Approval Process, and Glossary

  • Request Form for IR Data, Surveys, and Focus Groups

    Submit a Planning and Research request form for the following:

    • Data requests and/or specialized reports to be used to help inform college decision-making and planning. Data requests require a minimum of 10 business days to process. Complex data requests may take longer.
    • Survey requests (survey design, administration, and reporting)
    • Focus Group facilitation
    • SWOT analysis

    Once you submit the Planning and Research request form, you will receive a confirmation email with an ID number. Keep your confirmation email for future questions about your request.

    This form is not intended for data or survey requests related to dissertation research. For research studies, follow the guidelines under "Research Approval Process."

  • Research Approval Process and Forms

    1. Develop research topic, questions, and methods with research chair/committee.
    2. Consider potential conflicts of interest and/or rational for deception (if used), develop consent forms (if used).
    3. Research chair must complete committee chair signature form (PDF) for submission with research approval application.
    4. Complete the Central Piedmont research approval application (Word), using ancillary materials for additional information on potential conflicts of interest (PDF), definitions of key terms (PDF), and research data available from Central Piedmont (PDF).
    5. Submit the Central Piedmont research approval application and all required documentation, including consent forms and research instruments, to Dr. Tracie Clark at
    6. Research approval applications received before the third Friday of each month will be considered at the next research approval meeting.
    7. Once the research approval application receives the final approval from the committee, the application will be submitted for approval to the Vice President(s) of the relevant area(s) within the college.
    8. After the research approval application has received final approval from the committee and the relevant Vice President(s), the data retrieval process will begin (if data is required for the study).

    In most cases, data will be available for the researcher within one month from the beginning of the data retrieval process. The researcher will be notified if data retrieval will take longer than one month.

  • Glossary of Terms

    • Basic Skills; College and Career Readiness (CCR); Literacy: include students taking foundational skills courses in basic reading, writing, and math, GED preparation, Adult High School, English as a Second Language, career exploration and work readiness, occupational training, and academic skill development
    • Campus: refers to Central Piedmont’s six campuses (Cato, Central, Harper, Harris, Levine, and Merancas)
    • College: refers to Central Piedmont as a whole, including all campuses
    • Corporate and Continuing Education (CCE): includes students taking courses in job and career enhancement, business resources, and personal enrichment
    • College Credit; For-College-Credit; Curriculum: include students taking courses that count for credit towards an associate degree, diploma, or a credit certificate
    • Degree-Seeking: students who are pursuing an associate's degree, diploma, or certificate
    • Extension: the portion of Central Piedmont that includes College and Career Readiness and Corporate and Continuing Education
    • Full-Time: students registered for 12 or more credits
    • Full-Time Equivalent (FTE): for curriculum and for Extension, total curriculum credit or Extension hours taken by all students divided by 512. For more information on full time equivalent, please visit the Compliance and Audit webpage.
    • Institutional Research – focuses on providing data to inform campus decision-making and planning
    • IPEDS: Integrated Post-secondary Education Data System; part of the U.S. Department of Education
    • Off-Campus: classes that are not virtual classes and are offered at a location other than one of Central Piedmont’s campuses or locations (e.g., high schools, hospitals)
    • Part-Time: students registered for fewer than 12 credits
    • Self-Supported: classes that are not reported to the state for budget full time equivalent since the cost of conducting the course is paid by the students enrolled
    • Un-duplicated Headcount: counting students only once per reporting period even though they may appear multiple times. For example, a student may be taking classes and multiple Central Piedmont campuses – an un-duplicated headcount would count that student once and a duplicated (by campus) headcount would count that student once per campus where they are taking classes.
    • Virtual Campus: includes classes offered via distance learning, digital media, two-way video, internet/online, modem-based, telecourse, teleweb, or hybrid