Planning and Research

Planning and Research is the official source of all institutional data related to student enrollment. We handle a variety of reports required by state and federal authorities along with information and data requests from internal and external organizations. Planning and Research conducts numerous surveys of student satisfaction in order to provide data for the North Carolina Accountability Measures, program review, and several bench-marking projects that Central Piedmont has partnered with. We also provide data and support for several ongoing grant projects. Our office provides major support for Institutional Effectiveness, Strategic Planning, and Enrollment Management.

Planning and Research staff are represented on most college committees and advisory groups along with non-profit and community agencies within Mecklenburg county. Our staff has also made numerous presentations of our work to various national professional associations affiliated with the research and business communities.

Planning and Research Request Forms, Research Approval Process, and Glossary

  • Request Forms for IR Data, Surveys, and Focus Groups

    Please use the following online request forms to coordinate assistance from the Office of Planning and Research.

  • Research Approval Process and Forms

    1. Develop research topic, questions, and methods with research chair/committee.
    2. Consider potential conflicts of interest and/or rational for deception (if used), develop consent forms (if used).
    3. Research chair must complete committee chair signature form (PDF) for submission with research approval application.
    4. Complete the Central Piedmont research approval application (Word), using ancillary materials for additional information on potential conflicts of interest (PDF), definitions of key terms (PDF), and research data available from Central Piedmont (PDF).
    5. Submit the Central Piedmont research approval application and all required documentation, including consent forms and research instruments, to bobbie.frye@cpcc.edu.
    6. Research approval applications received before the third Friday of each month will be considered at the next research approval meeting.
    7. Once the research approval application receives the final approval from the committee, the application will be submitted for approval to the Vice President(s) of the relevant area(s) within the college.
    8. After the research approval application has received final approval from the committee and the relevant Vice President(s), the data retrieval process will begin (if data is required for the study).

    In most cases, data will be available for the researcher within one month from the beginning of the data retrieval process. The researcher will be notified if data retrieval will take longer than one month.

  • Glossary of Terms

    • Basic Skills; College and Career Readiness (CCR); Literacy: include students taking foundational skills courses in basic reading, writing, and math, GED preparation, Adult High School, English as a Second Language, career exploration and work readiness, occupational training, and academic skill development
    • Campus: refers to Central Piedmont’s six campuses (Cato, Central, Harper, Harris, Levine, and Merancas)
    • College: refers to Central Piedmont as a whole, including all campuses
    • Corporate and Continuing Education (CCE): includes students taking courses in job and career enhancement, business resources, and personal enrichment
    • College Credit; For-College-Credit; Curriculum: include students taking courses that count for credit towards an associate degree, diploma, or a credit certificate
    • Degree-Seeking: students who are pursuing an associate's degree, diploma, or certificate
    • Extension: the portion of Central Piedmont that includes College and Career Readiness and Corporate and Continuing Education
    • Full-Time: students registered for 12 or more credits
    • Full-Time Equivalent (FTE): for curriculum, total curriculum credit hours taken by all students divided by 512; for Extension, total Extension hours taken by all students divided by 688. For more information on full time equivalent, please visit the Compliance and Audit webpage.
    • Institutional Research – focuses on providing data to inform campus decision-making and planning
    • IPEDS: Integrated Post-secondary Education Data System; part of the U.S. Department of Education
    • Off-Campus: classes that are not virtual classes and are offered at a location other than one of Central Piedmont’s campuses or locations (e.g., high schools, hospitals)
    • Part-Time: students registered for fewer than 12 credits
    • Self-Supported: classes that are not reported to the state for budget full time equivalent since the cost of conducting the course is paid by the students enrolled
    • Un-duplicated Headcount: counting students only once per reporting period even though they may appear multiple times. For example, a student may be taking classes and multiple Central Piedmont campuses – an un-duplicated headcount would count that student once and a duplicated (by campus) headcount would count that student once per campus where they are taking classes.
    • Virtual Campus: includes classes offered via distance learning, digital media, two-way video, internet/online, modem-based, telecourse, teleweb, or hybrid