National Resources

American Association of Community Colleges 
AACC is the primary advocacy organization for community colleges at the national level and works closely with directors of state offices to inform and affect state policy.

Association for Institutional Research (AIR)
AIR seeks to continuously improve the practice of institutional research for postsecondary planning, management and operations, and to further develop and promote the institutional research profession.

US Department of Education
The Department of Education's mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
The National Center for Education Statistics provides statistical information on postsecondary institutions.

IPEDS College Navigator
The College Navigator is a search engine that allows you to search for information about the nation’s postsecondary institutions such as enrollment, institutional characteristics, and financial aid.

IPEDS Peer Analysis System
The Peer Analysis System is a tool designed to enable users to compare a postsecondary institution of the user’s choice to a group of peer institutions.

Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
The Carnegie Foundation is an independent policy and research center with a primary mission "to do and perform all things necessary to encourage, uphold, and dignify the profession of the teacher and the cause of higher education."

Carnegie Foundation - Classification for Bristol Community College
The classification provides a snapshot of Bristol’s institutional attributes and behavior.

Community College Resource Center
The CCRC conducts research on the major issues affecting community colleges in the nation and uses this information to contribute to the development or practice and policy in higher education.

MDRC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that conducts research in the fields of education and social policy in order to improve upon programs and policies that affect low income families.

United States Department of Health & Human Services
The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) is a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services which is responsible for protecting the rights, welfare, and well-being of subjects involved in research. Their guidelines help ensure that research is carried out in accordance with government regulations.

Regional Resources

North East Association for Institutional Research 
NEAIR promotes the professional activity of institutional research in higher education and provides information and professional development opportunities in the field of institutional research.

New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
NEASC’s mission is the establishment and maintenance of high standards for all levels of education, from pre-K to the doctoral level.

State Resources

Commonwealth of Massachusetts
The official website for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Massachusetts Department of Higher Education
The Department of Higher Education is responsible for defining the mission of and coordinating Massachusetts’ system of public higher education and its institutions.

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 
The Department of Education is charged with the responsibility of ensuring improved teaching and learning in all of the Commonwealth's public schools.

A Southeastern Massachusetts Public Higher Education Partnership
CONNECT is a partnership of public higher education in Southeastern MA and is comprised of five colleges and community colleges, including Bristol. CONNECT serves to enhance academic programs and ease transfer of students among institutions, foster economic development throughout the region, promote cultural programs and projects, and share expertise and resources amongst the schools.