Institutional Effectiveness

Institutional Effectiveness

Strategic Planning

The office is responsible for facilitating and supporting the strategic planning process of the college as well as housing and updating the Key Performance Indicators of the college. The Director of Institutional Research & Effectiveness works closely with the Vice President for Institutional Planning and Human Resources in the strategic planning process.

Accreditation is a voluntary process whereby assessment and evaluation is performed by external organizations to assure quality and ongoing improvement within higher education. Central Ohio Technical College participates in both types of accreditation, institutional and programmatic.

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Central Ohio Technical College is fully accredited at the institutional level by the Higher Learning Commission. (Address: 230 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 ; Phone: 312-263-0456; Fax: 312-263-7462). The process is cyclical with the last reaffirmation of accreditation occurring in 2018-2019.


Programmatic accreditation focuses on specific academic programs. The following list of COTC programs are accredited through this mechanism.

  • Business Management Technology
    • Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography Technology
    • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
  • Early Childhood Education Technology, Teaching Option​
    • National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Emergency Medical Services Technology, Paramedic
    • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs
  • Engineering Technologies
    • Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
  • Fire Science Technology
    • International Fire Service Accreditation Congress
  • Human Services Technology
    • Council for Standards in Human Services Education
  • Law Enforcement Technology, Peace Officer's Basic Training
    • Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission
  • Nursing Technology, Associate Degree Nursing
    • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
    • Commission on Nursing Education Accreditation
  • Radiologic Science Technology​
    • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
  • Surgical Technology
    • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

Program Approval

Some programs engage in an external review process as part of program approval including:

  • Early Childhood Educational Technology
    • Ohio Department of Education, Pre-Kindergarten Licensure
  • Emergency Medical Services Technology
    • Ohio Department of Public Safety, Emergency Medical Services
  • Nursing ​Technology, Associate Degree Nursing
    • Ohio Board of Nursing
  • Nursing Technology, Practical Nursing​
    • Ohio Board of Nursing
  • Culinary Science Technology
    • Ohio Department of Health, Level Two Certification in Food Preparation
Completion Plan

The 2018-2020 Completion Plan builds upon previously determined strategies and focus areas initiated in the 2014-2016 Completion Plan. The plan is designed to increase the number of degrees and certificates awarded to students and focus on ways to assist students to attain the degree or certificate. This plan is consistent with the mission and strategic priorities of COTC.


2018-2020 COTC Completion Plan



The Office of Institutional Research & Effectiveness provides support to the Student Learning Assessment Steering Committee.

Program Review

The office plays a critical role in supplying data to departments and programs for the program review process. The office also houses a copy of all program reviews for college accreditation purposes.

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