The mission of the Assessment, Research & Planning Office at Penn College is to collect, analyze, and disseminate information in support of institutional effectiveness including assessment, accreditation, planning, policy analyses, and decision-making. 

Assessment, Research, and Planning (ARP) strives to provide excellent services to all constituents of the College via the three facets of the Office.

If you have any questions or concerns about the information provided, please contact the Assessment, Research & Planning Office.


Assessment is a systematic, continuous process for collecting, reviewing, and using data/evidence for the purpose of overall improvement of programs/services and enhancing student learning. The ARP Office provides administrative support for institutional effectiveness though assessment by coordinating or assisting the following activities (among others).

  • Accreditation Reports
    (both institutional and programmatic)
  • Academic Program Reviews
  • Surveys (CIRP, NSSE, graduates, employers, etc.)


Research is primarily focused on the study of the College, which is commonly known as institutional research. The ARP Office provides relevant, accurate and timely information via routine and ad hoc reporting of institutional data to internal and external audiences. Routine reports include student demographic booklets produced using semester census date data, end-of-term data, and academic year data.


The ARP Office supports planning efforts at Penn College through its assessment and research activities. The Office also assists the planning committee with updating and drafting the planning document. These documents are for internal use only. Penn College employees can access them using myPCT.