Welcome to The Office of Research, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness

The Office of Research, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness (ORPIE) provides services that help campus leaders make more informed decisions to improve processes, programs, and services that impact student learning and success.

The office works closely with administrators, staff, faculty, students, and the community to support quality student learning and to foster continuous quality improvement. To that end, ORPIE provides data and engages the campus community to effectively utilize data for strategic planning and decision-making.

ORPIE functions include Institutional Research, Strategic Planning, Program Review, Student Learning Outcomes and Accreditation.

Office Responsibilities


Support and/or manage the accreditation process to maintain GWC’s compliance to institutional and federal standards.
Assessments and SLOs
Facilitate the assessment of student learning outcomes, administrative units outcomes and student services outcomes.
Data Dashboards
Create data visualization tools to assist stakeholders to make informed decisions that lead to continuous organizational improvement.
Program Review
Develop and disseminate data to assist departments to increase student success and plan its programs to align with the mission and long-term vision of the college.
Research Projects and Surveys
Respond to internal and external research requests, produce research reports and administer surveys.
Keep the campus informed of changes in state and federal regulations and publicize key findings of research projects and programs.

The Office of Research, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness is busy preparing for Accreditation and Program Review and unable to accept any new Research Requests until August 1, 2018. If you have an urgent data need, please contact Matt Valerius, mvalerisu@gwc.cccd.edu. We will review urgent data requests on a case-by-case basis. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.