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* SCC collaborates with LWTC to fill position


Institutional research puts together data developing, organizing, and coordinating activities necessary for institutional effectiveness measurements, policy governance metrics, outcomes assessment, compliance with accreditation standards and strategic planning.


Among other things, the assistant director position will:

  • Provide assistance and counsel in analysis and interpretation of academic and administrative data
  • Coordinate with LWTC staff to ensure that data sets provided support SCC’s overall institutional research function, assessment and planning
  • Help coordinate the identification, implementation, and review of institutional and educational effectiveness indices
  • Provide data-driven recommendations pertaining to SCC progress towards identified goals/outcomes and assess alignment with current and future resource allocation
  • Represent the College, with the LWTC team, in the community and with professional organizations, state boards, commissions and other agencies
Shoreline Community College and Lake Washington Technical College are taking an innovative approach to meeting the needs of both schools.


“Shoreline and Lake Washington will be collaborating in the area of institutional research,” SCC President Lee Lambert said Wednesday, February 17, 2010. “Institutional research is critical in making the best decisions possible for each school.”


The innovative part is that the colleges are building an institutional research team that will focus on both institutions. On Wednesday, SCC posted a job titled “Assistant Director for Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Planning.” The position will be a member of an institutional research team comprised of staff from both colleges.


While the position will report to SCC’s Vice President of Academic Affairs John Backes, it will also work in close collaboration with LWTC’s Research and Development department which includes an executive director and several supporting positions. An interagency agreement between the schools will enable data sharing so that the team members can serve both schools.


SCC’s position has been vacant since the retirement in 2009 of former Director of Institutional Research, Jim James.


“This is an effort by both schools to improve services,” Lambert said, adding that the cost for each college will be about the same as before.


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