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Institutional Effectiveness, Research, and Planning

Special Announcement 

The Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Research, and Planning will be doing business online only until further notice due to the Covid-19 crisis.

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We will be available online Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Your patience and understanding during this difficult time is greatly appreciated.

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The Institutional Effectiveness, Research, and Planning (IERP) Division supports the college’s mission and commitment to student success and equity by providing timely, accurate, and relevant data to facilitate data-driven decision-making and planning at Cerritos College.

Our Purpose

The IERP Division's purpose is to support Cerritos College’s mission, vision, and goals by providing accurate, timely, comprehensive, and reliable information to maintain the research, planning, and accountability processes of the college to advance student success and institutional excellence.

What We Do

The IERP Division strives to meet the needs of Cerritos College community by providing reports, research, and institutional data to support Cerritos College’s mission, vision, and achieve its goals by continuous improvement and institutional effectiveness. In addition, IERP leads and supports the planning efforts throughout the District by providing data and information for managing and maintaining the quality and effectiveness of programs and services to support the college towards attaining equitable educational outcomes. The IERP Division engages in collecting, analyzing, and interpreting information about Cerritos College (e.g., data on students and staff, programs, and management and operations) and assists institutional leaders through informing their planning and decision-making. Further, IERP staff are available as a resource for assistance with data analysis, techniques of institutional research, survey design, research methodologies, student learning outcomes assessment, and special studies on the implementation and outcomes of programs and services.


Institutional Effectiveness

Links planning, budget, and assessment institutionally and provides information, data, and analysis impacting students, budgets, policy formulation, strategic planning, research activity, and enrollment management.  


State and Federal Reporting

Serves as a primary contact with state and federal agencies with respect to information reporting (e.g., IPEDS, NPSAS, CTEOS, etc.) as well as overseeing national, state, and local surveys and other requests for data and/or information.



Responds in a timely manner to internal and external research requests by producing quantitative and qualitative research studies and reports.

Serves as a resource for assistance with techniques of institutional research, research methodologies, and survey design and implementation.


Strategic Planning Processes and College Initiatives

Manages, coordinates, and maintains college-wide strategic planning efforts.

Supports college initiatives by providing accurate information for various reporting and compliance (e.g., Student Equity, AB 19 funding, etc.).



Supports accreditation efforts to ensure Cerritos College maintains compliance.


Student Data Warehouse

Develops and maintains a student data warehouse to ensure a cycle of regular studies and reports to support reoccurring decision needs for the college as it relates to research and planning.


Institutional and Academic Planning

Oversees the annual planning process as well as collaborates and supports program review across the institution. 

Assists executive council, management, shared governance and faculty senate committees, and faculty and staff in their planning and assessment activities.


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