Institutional Research & Reports

OIR Mission

The South Puget Sound Community College Office of Institutional Research (OIR) is committed to dynamically and efficiently supporting the college community by providing systematic, timely, high quality data and research services that can be used to enhance effective decision making, planning, and to measure institutional effectiveness.

The OIR accomplishes its mission through assistance with assessment and strategic planning; data collection, analysis, and dissemination of results; and research development and reporting.


The OIR provides support for the assessment process at South Puget Sound Community College. This includes biennial planning and assessment of the College Wide Abilities, instructional programs, and ongoing program and service review.


The OIR is responsible for the coordination of the Institutional Review Board in accordance with the College’s policy on human subject research. Often a survey is a critical part of research. The OIR has developed a survey training document as a guiding document for independent survey development


The OIR conducts a number of annual and other surveys which are used to help educate the college community about the students at SPSCC, both present and past. In an effort to support a culture of inquiry survey guidelines were created to assist with survey development.

Reports & Dashboards

The OIR develops and maintains many Tableau dashboards and annual reports in support of SPSCC initiatives. Annual reports include the strategic plan, student outcomes, and the college fact book.


The College's Student Right to Know Information, to include the Net Price Calculator, is also compiled by the OIR.

These statistics are for 2019-20 through 2021-22.


What is Operational Planning and why should I attend the Strategies of Achievement: Operational Planning session?

Operational Planning is a biennial resource and budget allocation supporting the goals of the strategic plan.

This is your opportunity to reflect on our core theme goals within the strategic plan and provide input into how SPSCC should spend the operational budget! During the off year this is your chance to review the status of the core theme goals within the strategic plan.

How does the operational planning process work?

  • Review the data for the Core Themes.
  • Reflect on practices and policies that could influence the data point
  • Document ideas you have to influence this indicator during the operational planning sessions
  • Respond to your colleagues’ ideas via ‘upvotes’ and comments
  • The ideas are collected and sorted by the Institutional Effectiveness committee and the President’s Advisory Committee.
  • The prioritized list is sent to the Executive Team.
  • The Executive Team creates strategies for the operational plan using the prioritized list as input. 
  • The operational plan is approved by the Board of Trustees
  • The operational plan is shared with the college community during kick-off week.

How can I participate in Operational Planning?

Reflect on the SPSCC Core Themes

  • What are the activities/policies/practices in my area that could influence this indicator?
  • Given this information, what can you do to advance student success and close opportunity gaps.

Attend an Operational Planning Session

Share your ideas with the group (electronically during this COVID period). Upvote other great ideas.

Supporting Documents Operational Planning

Core Theme 1: Student Achievement 
Core Theme 2: Equity 
Core Theme 3: Learning and Engagement 
2022-24 Operational Plan – Approved 08/2022

  • College Wide Abilities

    The College conducts systematic assessment of the five College Wide Abilities on a rotating cycle.
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  • Institutional Review Board

    It is the policy of the College to act in an ethically responsible manner when conducting research involving human subjects.
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Contact the OIR

Office of Institutional Research
2011 Mottman Rd SW
Olympia, WA 98512

Jennifer Tuia, Director of Institutional Research

Kia Davis, Data Analyst