Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness

The Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness is the central coordinating unit for activities relating to grant development and institutional effectiveness including planning and evaluation, instructional research and compliance with accrediting agencies.

Dr. Lindy McCain
Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Student Affairs
(662) 472-9067

Stephanie C. Diffey
Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness
(662) 472-9101

Diane Harman, Goodman Campus
Administrative Assistant
(662) 472-9017

Program Accreditation

Holmes Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award the associate degrees and certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia, 30033-4097, or call (404) 679-4501 for questions about the accreditation of Holmes Community College.

The Commission on Colleges may also be contacted for the following areas:
  • Learn about the accreditation status of the institution
  • File a third-party comment at the time of the institution's decennial review, or
  • File a complaint again the institution for alleged non-compliance with a standard or requirement.

Inquiries about the institution, such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc., should be addressed directly to Holmes Community College (662) 472-2312 and not to the Commission on College's office.

Specific programs of the college are recognized by the following regional, national, and state organizations and accrediting agencies:

Institutional Research

The Office of Institutional Research regularly receives data from various national, state, and local sources, which provide a wide range of important evaluative and assessment information on a regular basis. From these reports and institutional data, the Office of Institutional Research develops tables, graphical displays, and narratives for administrative, educational support, and instructional units to use as a research base for strategic planning.


Holmes Community College assesses all instructional programs, administrative units, and student support units on an annual basis for the purpose of improving student learning, services, and administrative efficiency. These assessment activities are evident in the unit or programs assessment worksheets, as well as, the various campus-wide surveys in which students and staff review the programs and services provided by this institution.

State Assessment Measures


At Holmes Community College, strategic planning for all programs and departments is done on an annual basis. The institution develops annual objectives after the college gathers results from the previous year's Program or Unit assessments, Student Evaluations of Instructors, Faculty Performance Evaluations, Administrative Evaluations, and various campus surveys. In addition to using assessment results, each unit or program completes a S.W.O.T. (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis to aid in planning and improvement.

Professional Development

Holmes Community College requires all employees to participate in the professional development program. Requirements may be fulfilled by participating in graduate study, research, professional meetings or in-service training. Documentation of professional growth activities is due to the Office of Institutional Research by the first Friday of May of each year.