Institutional Planning & Research
The office of Institutional Planning & Research is responsible for coordinating the College’s institutional effectiveness processes and state-mandated reporting, as well as generating informational data that ensures the institution’s compliance with federal and state funding and accreditation agencies. The College’s grant process is also managed through this department. Please visit the BCC Grants Resource page for more information.
Brunswick Community College Accreditation:
Brunswick Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees. Contact (SACSCOC) at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Brunswick Community College. The Commission is only to be contacted for accreditation-related issues.
For the most current information on BCC’s accreditation click here .
For Compliance Assist click here (for faculty and staff only)
Strategic Planning and Assessment
The BCC Institutional Effectiveness Process provides the cornerstone for assessment and planning at the College to meet the requirements of SACSCOC Core Requirements 7.1 (Institutional Planning and Effectiveness) and 8.1 (Student Achievement) and their implementation and documentation to meet Compliance Standards 8.2.A (Student Outcomes: educational programs), 8.2.B (Student outcomes: general education), and 8.2.C Student outcomes: academic and student services). These related sub-components are tracked through multiple assessment activities. For more information about the different assessments used by the College, please contact the Director, Office of Planning and Research.
Data and Reporting Sites
NCCCS Annual Reporting Plan
IPEDS 2020-2021 Data Collection
(NOTE: Staff responsible for reports must have their reports available for review at least five business days PRIOR to the Keyholder deadline unless notified otherwise.)
Institutional Review for Outside Research Requests
Brunswick Community College has an Institutional Review Board that assesses research requests made to the College to assure the safety and protection of potential research subjects. The IRB is chaired by Tracy Somerlad, Director of Planning and Research (firstname.lastname@example.org). To have a research project reviewed by the IRB Team, please review the BCC IRB Policy and submit the following information in a letter, email, or online request to Mrs. Somerlad at least one month in advance of your requested start date.
- Name of Researcher and credentials
- Researcher contact information (including phone number, address and email address)
- Affiliated Organization supporting the request (College, University, Other – please specify)
- Synopsis of the Project
- Supporting documentation (e.g., sample letter to study participants, )
- If the project is for a doctoral program, please identify the name of your Committee Chair and their contact information (including College name, email address). Also provide the appropriate IRB approval from your institution.
- Requested project start date and projected completion date
- Population specific to proposed study
Please be aware that all costs associated with the dissemination of a project to potential research subjects, including paper, postage, envelopes, etc., are the responsibility of the outside researcher. The Office of Planning and Research or other departments may assist in the process, but only if time permits and in coordination well in advance of the proposed start date once approval is granted.
Data & Information Resources
Data Requests (data from or about Brunswick Community College)
North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS)
Brunswick County Profile
N.C. Department of Commerce – Access NC
Statistical Abstract of the University of North Carolina System (UNCGA)
Each year, NCCCS assesses colleges on standardized performance measures as approved by the North Carolina State Legislature. During 2011-12, measures and their related methodology were modified and included the addition of new measures and the deletion of others.