IRDS: Mission, Purpose and Principles


Mission Statement

Institutional Research and Decision Support provides guidance for reaffirmation requirements and monitors compliance with the standards of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Principles of Accreditation. Institutional Research and Decision Support conducts institutional studies, surveys and research that meet the college’s informational needs for planning, program improvement, policy- and decision-making and mandated requirements.

Institutional Research and Decision Support serves to assist all members of the college community with their assessment, program evaluation and research initiatives. This includes analysis and reporting of accurate assessment and research information, evaluation of the quality of assessment and research methods employed on campus, and providing access to resources and data needed to successfully complete such initiatives.


Guiding Principles

Integrity – The department will provide assistance to the college community with honesty and without bias. Sensitive information will be handled in a confidential manner.

Pride – Members of the department will be dedicated and show enthusiasm in their tasks and responsibilities. Resulting work will be shared with the utmost confidence.

Dependability – The college community can rely on the department’s availability to provide accurate and timely information.

Accountability – The department will operate in an open manner and lessons learned will be used as a tool for continuous improvement.


Institutional Research and Decision Support Staff

Kevin Osborne
Executive Director, Institutional Research and Decision Support
Phone: 336.734.7369

Belinda Brewster-Clemence
Planning and Assessment Coordinator
Phone: 336.734.7262

Alexa Edwards
Learning, Planning, and Assessment Coordinator
Phone: 336.734.7159

Kyle Scott
Data Coordinator
Phone: 336.734.7198


Additional Information