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Cycle of Planned Research

Palm Beach State College takes a long-range view when it comes to planned institutional research projects, and in particular, those that are integral in assessing strategic planning objectives.

 

 Aspen Prize

The $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, awarded every two years, is the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges. PBSC has been a Top 150 College twice in the last four years.  If selected in 2019, PBSC will consider the opportunity to submit an application.

The time frame for conducted research:

  • Fall 2017

 CCSSE

PBSC last participated in the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) in 2016.  We participated in 2019 with 237 colleges and results are pending this summer.  CCSSE provides information on student engagement, a key indicator of learning and, therefore, of the quality of community colleges. The survey asks questions that assess institutional practices and student behaviors that are correlated highly with student learning and student retention.

The time frame for conducted research:

  • Spring 2019
  • Spring 2021
  • Spring 2023

 Great Colleges To Work For

The Great Colleges to Work For is a climate survey including 80 items, 15 dimensions, plus demographics, assessing the “best colleges” to work for in the United States.   Palm Beach State College has stated that it aspires to be a great college to work for in Panther Strong 2023, its five-year strategic plan.  It plans to administer the assessment on the coming schedule.

The time frame for conducted research:

  • Spring 2018
  • Spring 2020
  • Spring 2021
  • Spring 2022
  • Spring 2023

 New Student Experience

The New Student Experience Survey is administered to new students each fall in the first six weeks of the semester to better understand the perceptions, engagement, quality, service satisfaction, and importance of items that make-up the college experience.

The time frame for conducted research:

  • Fall 2018
  • Fall 2019
  • Fall 2020
  • Fall 2021
  • Fall 2022

 Survey of Stakeholder

The Survey of Stakeholders is facilitated each fall with community and business leaders who receive services, partner with, and benefit from the programs and services offered by PBSC.  The survey measures the level of awareness, familiarity, satisfaction and other aspects of their experience with Palm Beach State College.

The time frame for conducted research:

  • Fall 2018
  • Fall 2019
  • Fall 2020
  • Fall 2022

 Brand Awareness

Conduct research measuring the attitudes, awareness, and familiarity - the brand strength of Palm Beach State College. 

The time frame for conducted research:

  • Spring 2019
  • Spring 2021
  • Spring 2023

 

 User Experience (24 Credits)

The User Experience Survey is administered to students who have achieved 24-30 credits towards there degree to better understand the perceptions, engagement, quality, service satisfaction, and importance of items that make-up the college experience.

The time frame for conducted research:

  • Fall 2018
  • Fall 2019
  • Fall 2020
  • Fall 2021
  • Fall 2022

 Educause Technology Surveys

This survey is administered every other year with students to gauge their use of, access to, and satisfaction with technology at the College.

The time frame for conducted research:

  • Spring 2019
  • Spring 2021
  • Spring 2023

Graduating Student

This is the survey of college completers.  The survey measures the satisfaction, engagement with, and use of services during the college experience.

The time frame for conducted research:

  • June 2018
  • June 2019
  • June 2020
  • June 2021
  • June 2022
  • June 2023

 Economic Impact

This study measures the economic impacts created by PBSC on the business community and the benefits the college generates in return for the investments made by its key stakeholder groups— students, taxpayers, and society. Two analyses, an economic impact and investment analysis are conducted periodically to measure the impact. 

The time frame for conducted research:

  • Spring 2019
  • Spring 2022

Institutional Capacity Assessment Tool (ICAT)

The Achieving the Dream Institutional Capacity Assessment Tool (ICAT) is an online self-assessment to help colleges assess areas of strength and improvement in the Institutional Capacity Framework. Institutions may also use the tool to measure changes in capacity over time. The purpose of this Results Summary is to display the aggregated responses from all college participants and disaggregated results by functional area and role to identify areas where there is a convergence of opinion or divergence of opinion.

The time frame for conducted research:

  • Fall 2018
 
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