The mission of the Office of Research and Planning is to contribute to the development and effectiveness of High Point University by providing faculty and staff with the resources and leadership needed to evaluate and continually improve the institution’s programs, services, and position within the field of higher education.
As High Point University’s operational hub for institutional research, assessment, and strategic planning, the Office of Research and Planning provides broad-based leadership and support to all academic and administrative offices on campus. In this capacity, our office coordinates organizational, assessment, and reporting processes related to student learning outcomes and institutional effectiveness, oversees placement testing for incoming students, and administers the evaluation of instruction process. Additionally, throughout the academic year the Office of Research and Planning contributes to the development and administration of numerous assessments in various offices on campus, carries out all reporting functions to federal, state, and specialized agencies, and manages reporting to such publications as US News & World Report, Princeton Review, and others.
Another key function of our office is the coordination of the university’s various accreditation efforts. High Point University is currently accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) as a Level V institution (authorized to award doctoral degrees). To ensure compliance with all accreditation standards and federal requirements and to foster a culture of continuous improvement on campus, the Office of Research and Planning coordinates all substantive change and reaffirmation reports and on-site visits, works with all operational units to maximize institutional effectiveness, and communicates regularly with SACSCOC. In addition, our office provides support to programs that have discipline-specific accreditations, including NASAD (School of Art and Design), CAEP (School of Education), ARC-PA (Department of Physician Assistant Studies), CAPTE (Department of Physical Therapy), CAATE (Department of Athletic Training), and ACPE (School of Pharmacy).
The Office of Research and Planning plays a significant role in institutional strategic planning by facilitating assessment activities, maintaining databases related to program effectiveness and the achievement of unit-level and institutional goals, and generating annual reports. Our office is responsible for providing the President with the data he needs to gauge progress toward the achievement of institutional priorities.
Under the administrative umbrella of the Office of Research and Planning are the Offices of Graduate Operations and Research Administration and Sponsored Programs. The functions of these offices are described more fully in the links to left.