Planning and Institutional Effectiveness

State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) embraces the use of planning and assessment at all levels, for each program and service, for each department and employee as well as institution-wide. Our ongoing cycle of improvement includes the frequent evaluation of our processes, programs, services and outcomes, including student learning outcomes. Analysis of assessment results leads to initiatives which promote and enhance student success and that address community needs.

                   Office of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness logo with Planning for Success slogan

The Office of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness (OPIE), led by the Associate Vice President of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness, supports collaborative College-wide planning. It also guides the institutional effectiveness and data analysis process, disseminating the results to appropriate constituents. In conjunction with the Office of Institutional Research, OPIE supports data collection and analysis as well as the compilation of information regarding SCF’s effectiveness. OPIE also provides coordination, guidance and support for the reaffirmation process in addressing the Principles of Accreditation promulgated by SCF’s accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

The SCF Office of Institutional Research, the Resource Development Department and the SCF Institutional Review Board report to OPIE. OPIE’s main focus is to collaborate in and support the purposes and goals of the following three initiatives:

1. SACSCOC Reaffirmation – as SCF's accreditation liaison, guide and support SCF leadership in successfully completing the reaffirmation process

2. Strategic Planning & Institutional Effectiveness Standing Committee - lead the committee as it develops, implements, and reassesses the SCF planning and evaluation process to improve institutional effectiveness

3. Institutional Effectiveness – provide resources and support for data collection and analysis leading to continuous improvement

Tools for planning:

Institutional Effectiveness Manual - this resource provides instructions and insights into the IE process
Goals Presentation 2014-15 - this provides guidance and an overview of the annual goal-setting process
Goals Matrix Template - a blank template for developing departmental or unit goals
Strategic Plan and Strategic Plan Progress Report

Useful links:

Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

The Florida College System Fact Book 2014

Florida Virtual Campus (FLVC)

 Florida College System

 If you have questions or would like more information, please contact:

Bradley W. Davis
Associate V.P. Planning & Institutional Effectiveness


State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota.

SACSCOC Reaffirmation Timeline

Summer 2012                                    Establishment of SACSCOC Leadership Team
Fall 2012                                            Begin Review of SCF Rules and Procedures
January 28, 2013                               Orientation of Leadership Team (Atlanta)
September 6, 2013                            Submit Draft Narrative of Compliance Certification Report to SACSCOC
November 4, 2013                             SACSCOC Videoconference to Review Draft Report
March 14, 2014                                  Submit Final Compliance Certification Report to SACSCOC
May 7, 2014                                       Submit Draft Narrative for the Quality Enhancement Plan
May 21, 2014                                     SACSCOC Videoconference to Review Quality Enhancement Plan
June 11, 2014                                    SACSCOC Videoconference to Review Off-Site Reaffirmation Committee Report
September 4, 2014                            Submit Quality Enhancement Plan and Focused Report
October 20-23, 2014                          On-Site Reaffirmation Committee Visit
June 9-11, 2015                                 Review by the SACSCOC Board of Trustees

SCF Reaffirmation Leadership Team

Dr. Carol F. Probstfeld, President
Gary Russell, VP, Academic Affairs
Dr. Donald R. Bowman, VP, Student Affairs
Julie Jakway, VP, Business and Administrative Services
Dr. Michael Mears, VP, Strategic Initiatives
Steve Prouty, General Counsel
Cassandra Holmes, Executive Dir., SCF Foundation, Inc.
Bradley W. Davis, AVP, Planning & Institutional Effectiveness; Accreditation Liaison




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