Strategic Analytics and
Institutional Research

The mission of the Office of Strategic Analytics and Institutional Research (SAIR) is to provide and oversee quality research and information about Bristol Community College (Bristol) for its students, faculty and staff as well as external stakeholders such as the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (MDHE).

The office develops and utilizes a variety of data reports to lead and support a range of assessment and planning activities at the institution. As the official source of institutional data at Bristol, the office's primary objective is to interpret information about the college that can be used for the assessment of student learning, accreditation and strategic planning.

Data Governance

Access to meaningful and accurate information is essential to support Bristol’s mission and vision. In order to establish institutional knowledge, systems must be developed to discuss, analyze, and refine data processes to support data-informed decision-making. Bristol established a Data Governance Team (DGT) in January 2019. The purpose of the DGT is to establish the priorities and mechanisms to manage Bristol’s data assets. The team is focused on institutional data and metrics, data storage and retrieval systems, data-delivery platforms, and the cross-functional processes that support these resources. To achieve its purpose, the team addresses five broad domains related to Bristol’s data assetsAccess, Utilization, Ownership, Classification, and Integrity.

Data Collection 

SAIR provides data and conducts statistical analyses for institutional planning and decision-making. We work closely with faculty, staff, and administrators to collect and analyze data regarding students, employees, programs, and resources. ‌Click here to view Bristol's Fact Sheets.

SAIR conducts a number of surveys in an effort to understand both student learning and student satisfaction at Bristol. One major institution-wide survey that we conduct is the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE). This survey is used as a tool for assessing quality in community college education and focuses primarily on levels of student learning and retention. By gauging the level of “good educational practice,” the CCSSE helps identify areas in which the College can improve its programs and services for students. 

Federal Reporting

The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) is a data collection program for the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). SAIR oversees the completion of all IPEDS surveys in order to comply with Federal regulations. Data such as enrollment, program completion, graduation rates, finances, institutional prices, and student financial aid are collected from all providers of postsecondary education in the country. We collaborate with the Registrar, Director of Financial Aid, Executive Director of Human Resources, and Comptroller to process these submissions. IPEDS data about Bristol is publically available on the College Navigator. 

State Reporting and Performance Measures

SAIR oversees the completion of all files to comply with State regulations. The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education provides key performance measures through its online Performance Measurement Reporting System (PMRS) based on the files that are submitted. More detailed information can be found through the DHE's Data Center.