Institutional Effectiveness and Research

Staff Directory

Dr. Cynthia Herrera
Vice Chancellor,
Institutional Effectiveness,

P: 805-652-5516

Gina Paduano
Executive Assistant to the Vice Chancellor
Institutional Effectiveness
P: 805-652-5508

John Cooney
Research Analyst
Institutional Effectiveness
P: 805-652-5564

The goal of VCCCD Institutional Research is to enrich functions and roles in:

  • Supporting district management decision and policy making in enrollment management, planning, academic program review, performance and outcomes assessment and organizational development;
  • Developing, evaluating and regularly distributing community demographics information and performance indicators, to help the colleges and the District better understand our students and their needs, and local community demands;
  • Assisting in ensuring correct and complete MIS data collection and data submission to the California Community College System Office;
  • Coordinating college and District research activities for assessment of college climate and student satisfaction;
  • Coordinating research efforts with other community colleges or external agencies in promoting the institutional accountability and institutional effectiveness of the District and colleges;
  • Providing data, data analysis and research to meet the District and colleges' needs for academic planning,  student learning outcomes assessment, accreditation studies and improvement of institutional effectiveness;
  • Assisting and supporting the District and colleges in market research, environmental scanning, peer analysis, total quality management, grant applications and strategic planning; and
  • Developing membership and organizational relationships with external educational research entities to ensure comprehensive and collective data and research knowledge;
  • Becoming a policy and decision making advocate, information/knowledge management architect and a change agent by providing valuable information through research and project management.