Institutional Research & Assessment

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Please feel free to explore the types of data and reports that are available and contact us with any questions that you may have.

The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment at Quincy College works across both campuses with students, faculty, and staff to compile, analyze, and report a variety of forms of data. These data are used for a variety of purposes – to inform changes, to understand our students, to professionally develop our staff and faculty, and to consistently improve our resources and programming. Data collected and analyzed by the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment enables members of the Quincy College community to use data to drive decision-making and resource allocation so that we can continue moving forward as an institution of higher education.

Each year, the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment conducts a variety of student surveys and offers opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to offer feedback on their experiences at Quincy College. Some of these projects include:

  • Annual Student Satisfaction Survey
  • Annual Graduate Follow-Up Survey
  • Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE)
  • Survey on Sexual Assault in the QC Community
  • Semester Course Evaluations
  • Great Colleges Survey

In addition, the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment is responsible to ensure the College’s compliance with federal data reporting, including Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and Gainful Employment reporting. The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment is committed to assuring that Quincy College is Driven by Data.

Please feel free to explore the types of data and reports that are available and contact us with any questions that you may have. If you wish to request additional data from Quincy College, please see the Data Requests tab.

Driven by Data

The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment has begun a campaign to inform our community how Quincy College and its students, faculty, and staff use data to inform our everyday activities. As the College collects and analyzes more data, we are continuing to develop a culture of data-driven decision-making. We have more opportunities than ever for students, faculty, and staff to share their feedback and help keep Quincy College moving forward. Quincy College is Driven by Data.

Quincy College at a Glance

Student Surveys

The Office of Institutional Research & Assessment regularly conducts surveys of Quincy College faculty, staff, and students. We conduct these surveys independently for internal planning and decision-making, as well as in conjunction with state, national, and other third-party organizations. Quincy College uses these survey data, as well as other additional data sources, in our evaluation and assessment strategies.Below, see some of our most recent findings.

2016 Student Satisfaction Survey Results 2015 Graduate Survey- Working Graduates 2015 Graduate Quotes2015 Graduate Survey- Graduates Continuing Education

Sources of Data

Examples of the types of data that the Office of Institutional Research & Assessment collects and analyzes are below:

Annual Graduate Survey, 2009 – present

All graduates from each year are contacted via mail, email, and phone. The Graduate Survey asks graduates whether and where they are continuing their education or working, how they feel their program helped them in increasing their skills (both general and program-specific), as well as how the College helped them achieve their goals. Graduates are given the opportunity to indicate how the College and their programs could improve in the future.

Annual Student Satisfaction Survey, 2008 – present

A random sample of about 30% of all students are selected to answer questions about their Quincy College experience. The Student Satisfaction survey asks students why they chose Quincy College, how they heard about the College, and how comfortable they feel on campus. Students rate their importance of and satisfaction with different elements of the College (e.g. Financial Aid, Admissions, Tutoring, Classroom instruction, etc.). This survey is completed annually in the Spring semester.

Departmental Surveys, 2012 – present

Surveys for student-facing departments are conducted on an ongoing and as-needed basis. These surveys asks about elements of interactions with student-facing offices (e.g. Financial Aid, Career Services, Advising, etc.), and includes questions about whether students’ questions were answered, whether they understood the material they received, and how satisfied they were with their visit.

Additionally, other departments that are typically utilized by staff and faculty (e.g. Institutional Research, Marketing, etc.) have also been the subject of staff/faculty surveys in the past. These surveys focus on staff and faculty’s interaction with the offices and how well others understand the functions of these offices.

Course Evaluations, 2008 – present

You can see more about course evaluations here. Evaluations are conducted in the last few weeks of each course at Quincy College, whether online, hybrid, or in-person. Questions ask students to rate their effort in the course, how clear they felt the content was presented to them, the engagement of the instructor with students, and their overall feeling of the quality of the course.

Campus Climate Survey, 2015

Quincy College completed its first Campus Climate Survey on sexual assault in the QC community in the Fall of 2015. This survey asked students about their own experiences with sexual assault both on and off campus, as well as their perceptions of Quincy College’s

CCSSE, 2010, 2014, 2017

Quincy College participates in the Community College of Survey of Student Engagement every 2-4 years. CCSSE provides information regarding effective educational practices in community colleges and helps to benchmark Quincy College against other schools nationally in areas of active and collaborative learning, student effort, academic challenge, student-faculty interaction, and support for learners.

Great Colleges

Quincy College participates every two years in the Great College To Work For Survey that is implemented by the Chronicle of Higher Education. This program surveys faculty and staff to recognize institutions of higher education that are also great workplaces. Quincy College was recognized in 2016 as a Great College to Work For.



Institutional Review Board

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews, advises, and approves all research involving human subjects that is conducted on the Quincy College campus or involves Quincy College students, faculty, or staff. The Quincy College IRB ensures that all research is conducted in compliance with legal and ethical standards and is methodologically sound. The IRB meets monthly during the academic year.  IRB Applications forms as well as sample consent forms and protocols are below.

Data Requests

Course Evaluations

Student participation in the course evaluation process is extremely important. Faculty members use their evaluations each semester to assess their courses. Course evaluations ask students about their classroom experience, the effectiveness of their assignments, the accessibility of their instructor, and their effort and engagement during the class. The feedback that students provide is examined closely by faculty, division Deans, and other senior administrators to understand and evaluate the educational experience at Quincy College. We are focused on teaching and learning, one student at a time, and we believe that each student’s voice matters. We need your feedback in order to be successful in improving the overall experience at Quincy College.

The feedback we receive from course evaluations is used in many different ways:

By professors:

  • To improve their teaching
  • To change/improve their assignments
  • To ensure high academic standards

By deans:

  • To evaluate faculty members
  • To assess courses and how they fit into the curriculum

By senior administration and committees:

  • To evaluate candidates for hiring or promotion
  • To identify areas for faculty professional development or training
  • To understand student engagement in the classroom


Students can access their course evaluations in three different ways:

Option 1:

Students will receive a personalized link to their specific course evaluations via their Quincy college email address. Students will receive these emails: 1) When course evaluations begin, and 2) At least once more during the evaluation period.

How to Access Evaluations


Option 2:

You can log onto your My QC Portal, and on your Student page, you will see the link to “Access Evaluations”. You will automatically be logged onto SmartEvals and you can complete any of your course evaluations that are open at that time.


Option 3:

Course Evaluations Option 3Log on to Canvas and open up any of your active courses. On the menu on your right-hand side, you will see the “Course Evaluations” link that will log you into SmartEvals, wehre you can view and complete any course evaluations that are currently available.
Option 4:

Course Evaluation QR Code

Download any QR reader app from your app store on your tablet or smartphone. These apps are free! Open the app and scan the QR code. You will be brought directly to the SmartEvals login page where you only need to enter your Student ID number in the “Login ID” box.

All of your responses are confidential. Faculty members will not be able to see which students completed their course evaluations or who said what. Faculty members also will not have access to their evaluation report until after grades are posted.


Faculty members will be emailed prior to the start of any evaluation period in which their course(s) appear. This gives faculty members the opportunity to add questions specific to their course or their needs to each evaluation.

Faculty will be emailed a reminder and update on response rates about halfway through the course evaluation period. A report for each course will be emailed within 48 hours after the evaluation period closes. Each course’s report will be in PDF form and will contain instructor’s mean scores for each individual question, each cumulative section of the evaluation, and comments from students.

A step-by-step navigational guide for logging on, exploring results, and creating an action plan for improvement is included here .

If you have any questions about your course evaluations as a student or faculty member, please contact

Chart of the Month

The Chart of the Month is a one-page graphic description of some item of important or interest at each Board meeting. These charts have been created by the Office of Institutional Research & Assessment  and  include topics such as enrollment trends, expenditure trends, comparisons to other Massachusetts Community Colleges, as well as results of institutional surveys or data collection efforts.

Current Chart of the Month

Image of Chart of the Month | March 2018 |

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