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Institutional Planning and Research

The Office of Institutional Planning & Research provides leadership and direction for all college-wide planning, assessment, compliance, and research activities to ensure continuous improvement, growth, and accreditation compliance with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The division provides institutional and programmatic research for the purposes of reporting to various state and federal agencies. Institutional Planning & Research at Robeson Community College is a systematic, integrated, and ongoing process of planning and assessing institutional performance through regular: review of the college’s mission, goals, and outcomes; evaluation of programs and services; assessment of outcomes across all institutional units; and use of data and assessment results to inform decision-making.

The Director of Institutional Planning & Research provides training on planning and assessment, administers institutional surveys for assessment purposes, monitors reporting for data quality, produces reports to inform the college community of the state of the college, coordinates the program review process, monitors key performance indicators to ensure effectiveness, and provides institutional research support to all departments. 

The Director of Institutional Planning & Research serves as the  Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges accreditation liaison for the college. The Director is also designated as the college’s data coordinator and the IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System) key holder. 

Robeson Community College is committed to the continuous improvement and growth of its programs and services to increase student success and institutional quality.

The purpose of Institutional Planning & Research website is to: provide commonly used data in an easily accessible form; disseminate focused reports intended to enrich our collective understanding of the effectiveness process; and facilitate the department’s mission – to support institutional planning, decision-making, and continuous improvement through a comprehensive, integrated program of assessment, evaluation, growth strategies, and research.

Robeson Community College employees may submit a Campus Research Request here. 

Kenneth L. Bowen, Ed.D. 
Director of Institutional Planning & Research
Building 14 – 33A
Office: 910-272-3493

Robeson Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates. Questions about the accreditation of Robeson Community College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).

The US Secretary of Education recognizes accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) in establishing the eligibility of higher education institutions to participate in federal funding. Accreditation allows us to receive federal funding and provide financial aid to our students. As an accredited institution, our degrees are recognized by receiving institutions, which allows our courses to articulate to other colleges and universities.

RCC was initially accredited in 1975 by SACSCOC and was reaffirmed for accreditation in 2020. Accreditation by SACSCOC signifies that an institution meets standards established by the higher education community that address the needs of society and students, has a purpose appropriate to higher education and has the resources, programs, and services sufficient to accomplish its purpose on a continuing basis. Accreditation evaluates whether an institution maintains clearly specified educational objectives consistent with its mission and whether it is successful in achieving its stated objectives. The Commission has been a leader in defining and implementing the concept of “institutional effectiveness” in higher education and is known for having stringent requirements for membership. 

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) is one of six private, nonprofit, regional accrediting associations recognized by the Department of Education. SACSCOC was founded in 1895 for the purpose of improving education in colleges and schools. SACSCOC accredits institutions of higher education in eleven southern states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia) and Latin America that award associate, baccalaureate, masters or doctoral degrees. 

For a copy of the Principles of Accreditation: Foundation for Quality Enhancement or for more information about the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges and accreditation, please visit the SACSCOC website. 

ACCREDITATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS OF SELECT PROGRAMS

ASSOCIATE DEGREE NURSING PROGRAM

The Robeson Community College Associate Degree Nursing Program holds pre-accreditation status from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation, located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20037. Holding pre-accreditation status does not guarantee that initial accreditation by NLN CNEA will be received.

The Associate Degree Nursing Program is approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing (NCBON). 

www.ncbon.com
P.O. Box 2129, Raleigh, NC 27602-2129 
919-782-3211 
BARBERING PROGRAM

The Barbering Program is approved by the North Carolina Board of Barber Examiners. 

www.ncbarbers.com
5809 Departure Drive, Suite 102, Raleigh, NC 27616 
919-981-5210 
BASIC LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING PROGRAM

The Basic Law Enforcement Training Program is accredited by the North Carolina Department of Justice Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Education and Training Standards Commission.

https://ncdoj.gov/law-enforcement-training/criminal-justice/
P.O. Drawer 149, Raleigh, NC 27602 
919-661-5980
 
COSMETOLOGY PROGRAM

The Cosmetology Program is approved by the North Carolina State Board of Cosmetic Arts. 

www.nccosmeticarts.com
1207 Front Street, Suite 110, Raleigh, NC 27609 
919-733-4117 
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PROGRAM

The Early Childhood Education Program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) upon recommendation of the Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs.

National Association for the Education of Young Children 
1401 H Street , NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20005
http://www.naeyc.org
202-232-8777 

EMERGENCY MEDICAL SCIENCE PROGRAM

The Robeson Community College Paramedic program has been issued a Letter of Review by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP Executive Office). This letter is NOT a CAAHEP accreditation status, it is a status signifying that a program seeking initial accreditation has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the accreditation Standards through the Letter of Review Self Study Report (LSSR) and other documentation. Letter of Review is recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for eligibility to take the NREMT’s Paramedic credentialing examination(s). However, it is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation.

To contact CoAEMSP Executive Office: 
8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312 
Rowlett, TX 75088 
214-703-8445 
FAX 214-703-8992 
NURSE AIDE PROGRAM

The Nurse Aide Program is approved by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Health Regulation Health Care Personnel Registry Section Center for Aide and Education (CARE). 

Center for Aide Regulation and Education 
2709 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-2709 
http://www.ncnar.org
919-855-3969 

PRACTICAL NURSING PROGRAM

The Practical Nursing Program is approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing (NCBON). 

North Carolina Board of Nursing 
P.O. Box 2129, Raleigh, NC 27602-2129 
http://www.ncbon.com
919-782-3211 

RADIOGRAPHY PROGRAM

The Radiography Program is accredited by Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). 

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology  
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182 
http://www.jrcert.org
312-704-5300

RESPIRATORY THERAPY PROGRAM

The Respiratory Therapy Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). 

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care 
264 Precision Blvd Telford,TN 37690 
http://www.coarc.com
817-283-2835

SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM

The Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of Accreditation Review Council on Education Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA). 

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs 
9355 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775
http://www.caahep.org
727-210-2350

Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting 
19751 E. Mainstreet, Suite #339, Parker, CO 80138
http://www.arcstsa.org
303-694-9262 

The Performance Measures for Student Success Report is the North Carolina Community College System’s major accountability document. This annual performance report is based on data compiled from the previous year and serves to inform colleges and the public on the performance of our 58 community colleges.

In 1993, the State Board of Community Colleges began monitoring performance data on specific measures to ensure public accountability for programs and services. In 1998, the General Assembly directed the State Board to review past performance measures and define standards to ensure programs and services offered by community colleges in North Carolina were of sufficient quality.

In 2010, a review process was established to ensure the measures and methods for evaluating colleges were current and remained focused on improving student success. Every three years, a committee that is inclusive of college leaders; subject matter experts; and research and assessment professionals are appointed to review the measures and recommend deletions, revisions, and additions. Recommendations from the most recent review were approved in 2018.

The current list of measures include:

• Basic Skills Student Progress
• Student Success Rate in College‐Level English Courses
• Student Success Rate in College‐Level Math Courses
• First Year Progression
• Curriculum Student Completion
• Licensure and Certification Passing Rate
• College Transfer Performance

 

Complete details for all 58 North Carolina Community Colleges can be found at the NCCCS Website. Additionally, a series of SAS-powered dashboards provide a visual depiction of the Performance Measures along with the ability to compare Community Colleges. 

 

PART A – NCCCS PERFORMANCE MEASURES

The Performance Measures for Student Success Report is the North Carolina Community College System’s major accountability document. This annual performance report is based on data compiled from the previous year and serves to inform colleges and the public on the performance of our 58 community colleges.

2020 Robeson Community College Performance Measures Summary

2020 NCCCS Performance Measures Student Success Report

PART B – ROBESON COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT INDICATORS

Thresholds are Robeson Community College’s student achievement indicators in the areas of progression, completion, precollege success and general education.

Progression
Completion
General Education

MISSION STATEMENT

Robeson Community College provides opportunities for academic, technical, and life-long learning in a collaborative culture dedicated to inquiry, results, and excellence.

VISION STATEMENT

Robeson Community College will be recognized for transforming lives through excellence in teaching, learning, and service by empowering individuals to achieve personal and professional goals.

VALUES

  • Student Success by offering academic and professional growth opportunities for our service area to meet the needs of students based on their interests and abilities.
  • Excellence in teaching, learning and services to advance students toward fulfillment of life ambitions (or toward health, happiness and economic stability or well-being).
  • Accountability to stakeholders (students, community, employees) by seeking continuous improvement in programs and services through data driven decisions.
  • Integrity through honest and transparent interactions with others providing a reliable and accurate image of the College.
  • Diversity and Inclusivity by understanding and celebrating the differences, similarities, and successes of our communities of interest.

 

Strategic Plan 2019-2024

Learn more about the 2019-2024 Strategic Plan: Think Big, Start Small, Act Fast (PDF)

Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)

SPARC (Success – Progression – Achieve – Retention – Completion) is a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) that grew out of RCC’s retention needs and will provide additional opportunities for growth. RCC developed the QEP topic through a parallel planning process that included faculty and staff input as well as institutional data.

Starting with a beta testing phase in Fall 2019 and leading to full implementation in Fall 2020, the goal is to improve progression, retention, and completion of students enrolled in targeted courses. Faculty will partner with success coaches to positively impact student success.

The launch of Aviso, an early alert system, in late Fall 2019, is further expected to contribute to increased student success. Aviso prioritizes students at risk, identifies intervention opportunities and quickly informs faculty and success coaches. 

For more information about SPARC please click here. 

 

IPEDS Reports

The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), established as the core postsecondary education data collection program for the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), is a system of surveys designed to collect data from all primary providers of postsecondary education. IPEDS is a single, comprehensive system designed to encompass all institutions and educational organizations whose primary purpose is to provide postsecondary education. The IPEDS system is built around a series of interrelated surveys to collect institution-level data in such areas as enrollment, program completion, faculty, staff, and finances (Source: National Center for Education Statistics)

 

Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System College Navigator Report for RCC (IPEDS)

 

ACADEMIC PROGRAM OFFERINGS WITH CIP CODES

The Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) provides a taxonomic scheme that supports the accurate tracking and reporting of fields of study and program completions activity. CIP was originally developed by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) in 1980, with revisions occurring in 1985, 1990, 2000, 2010 and 2020. Information on the 1985, 1990, 2000 and 2010 CIP can be accessed on the resources page under the section heading Archive and Historical.

 

RCC ACADEMIC PROGRAM OFFERINGS WITH CIP CODES

 

 

The Economic Value of Robeson Community College

ROBESON COMMUNITY COLLEGE (RCC) creates value in many ways. The college plays a key role in helping students increase their employability and achieve their individual potential. The college draws students to the region, generating new dollars and opportunities for Southeastern North Carolina. RCC provides students with the education, training, and skills they need to have fulfilling and prosperous careers. Furthermore, RCC is a place for students to meet new people, increase their self-confidence, and promote their overall health and well-being.

RCC influences both the lives of its students and the regional economy. The college supports a variety of industries in Southeastern North Carolina, serves regional businesses, and benefits society as a whole in North Carolina from an expanded economy and improved quality of life. Additionally, the benefits created by RCC extend to the state and local government through increased tax revenues and public sector savings.

This study measures the economic impacts created by RCC on the business community and the benefits the college generates in return for the investments made by its key stakeholder groups—students, taxpayers, and society.

 

The Economic Value of Robeson Community College

 

 

U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard

The College Scorecard is a US Department of Education data initiative providing transparency and consumer information related to individual institutions of higher education and individual fields of study within those institutions. College Scorecard brings together information on postsecondary costs, graduation rates, student loan debt, post-college earnings, and more.  

  

U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard 

 

EdNC Community College Profile

EducationNC (EdNC) works to expand educational opportunities for all students in North Carolina, increase their academic attainment, and improve the performance of the state’s public schools and colleges. EdNC provides residents and policymakers with nonpartisan data, research, news, information, and analysis about the major trends, issues, and challenges bearing on education.

 

EdNC Community College Profile

 

NC Community Colleges State Performance Measures Dashboard

NC Community Colleges State Performance Measures Dashboard is a series of SAS-powered dashboards that provide a visual depiction of the Performance Measures along with the ability to compare Community Colleges. 

 

NC Community Colleges State Performance Measures Dashboard

 

Robeson County US Census Reporter Profile

Census Reporter is an independent project to make it easier for journalists to write stories using information from the U.S. Census bureau. Place profiles and comparison pages provide a friendly interface for navigating data, including visualizations for a more useful first look.

 

Robeson County US Census Reporter Profile

 

NC Department of Commerce - Access NC Robeson County Profile

The mission of the North Carolina Department of Commerce is to improve the economic well-being and quality of life for all North Carolinians. To do that, the North Carolina Department of Commerce works closely with local, regional, national and international organizations to propel economic, community and workforce development for the state. 

 

NC Department of Commerce – Access NC Robeson County Profile

 

Some College, No Credential Student Outcomes Annual Progress Report – Academic Year 2020/21

The Some College, No Credential (SCNC) report series seeks to understand the educational trajectories of millions of U.S. adults who left postsecondary education without receiving a postsecondary credential and are no longer enrolled. As the third in the series, this report identifies the levels of opportunity within each state for re-engaging SCNC students in the postsecondary attainment pipeline by tracking SCNC student outcomes annually: “Re-Enrollment” after stop-out, completion of “First Credential,” and “Perseverance” as indicated by continuous enrollment beyond first re-enrollment.

Highlights

  • The number of SCNC students rose to 39 million as of July 2020. Forty-eight states and D.C. experienced a net growth.
  • California, Texas, New York, and Illinois account for more than a third of the nation’s SCNC students. However, Alaska shows the largest number of SCNC students per 1,000 currently enrolled undergraduates among all states.
  • During the academic year 2020/21, 944,200 SCNC students re-enrolled and 60,400 students earned their first-ever postsecondary credential. An additional 531,700 students were still enrolled after re-enrolling the previous year. (These outcomes reference SCNC students aged 18 to 64.)
  • About 62 percent of the 944,200 students changed institutions upon re-enrolling, and those who did change institutions also commonly crossed institution sectors (67%). Re-enrolling in a community college after last attending a community college was the most common pathway for SCNC re-enrollees (363,400 students, 38.5%).
  • Seventy percent of the 60,400 completers obtained their credential from a public institution (two- or four-year). Private nonprofit four-year institutions had the highest perseverance rates (64.8%), while community colleges had the lowest (50.2%).
  • Women outnumbered men in re-enrollment, credential earning, and perseverance. The share of re-enrollees among minority women was substantially higher than men (63.5% versus 34.6%).
  • Associate degrees were the most common credential earned by Latinx SCNC students (42.5%), whereas Black students were most likely to have completed a certificate (42.7%). Asian and White students persevered at a higher rate than other groups.

 

2021 President's Annual Report

2021 PRESIDENT’S ANNUAL REPORT

Topics included in the report: 

  • NCCCS President Thomas Stith III visits RCC
  • RCC becomes Vaccine Champion College; Featured on CNN
  • Visit from Miss North Carolina USA and Miss Teen North Carolina USA
  • 2021 Highlights
  • RCC Foundation Achievements
  • Celebrating Excellence at RCC
  • Student Success Stories
  • Articulations Agreements signed in 2021
  • New Equipment 
  • Grants/Sponsored Projects
  • Cultural Events
  • Faculty/Staff Highlights
  • News stories on events and other topics
  • 2020-2021 Finance Report
  • Jan 2021 – Dec 2021  Data for Curriculum and Continuing Education Programs

…. and more!

To download a copy of the report, please click on the image link below.