The Office of Research and Effectiveness is dedicated to fostering collaboration and cooperation among the state's two-year public institutions and their data partners with focus and activities related to institutional data collection, compliance, and reporting. The Research and Effectiveness division:
- manages and maintains system enrollment data on behalf of the agency with responsibility to the MS Community College Board of Trustees and the MS Association of Community College (MACC);
- manages the Electronic Audit Reporting System portal (commonly referred to as eARS) for the exchange, validation, and dissemination of enrollment data used to measure productivity and to calculate and disburse appropriated funding;
- maintains admissions/enrollment monitoring policy and procedures to ensure state and federal compliance and accountability; and
- responds to campus leaders, policy makers, state/regional/national data partners, community constituents and etc. for both standard and ad hoc reports for electronic and published state data.
The Research and Effectiveness division also promotes the continued professional development of individuals engaging in institutional research and fosters collegiality and cooperation among persons having interests and activities related to research. The MACC welcomes researchers for the purpose of facilitating evidence-driven improvement within the Mississippi public community college system. The term “external research” describes studies that are conducted for publication or by/on behalf of an entity outside the MACC. Learn more about conducting research with the MACC.