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.

SCF Receives SACS Reaffirmation Accreditation until 2025

State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) has received official notification from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS) that the institution has received reaffirmation of accreditation for a full 10 years with no sanctions.

The full accreditation without sanctions is the highest rating that an educational institution can achieve from the regional accrediting body.

A team from SACS met with College employees in October and reviewed reams of documentation compiled by college staff during a rigorous, yearlong preparation.

“Accreditation is key to maintaining our credibility and position in the higher education arena of our region and state,” said SCF President Dr. Carol Probstfeld. “This is what distinguishes us as a state institution and ensures our students that their degree has value and recognition.”

Accreditation by SACS also ensures easy transfer of students’ courses to other institutions, and makes SCF eligible for financial aid that is disbursed annually to SCF’s students




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