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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

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

Brittni Dickerson, Goodman Campus
Administrative Assistant
(662) 472-9017

College Accreditation

Holmes Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees and certificates. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia, 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Holmes Community College.

Program Accreditation

In addition to the institution’s accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to offer associate degrees and certificates, Holmes Community College offers specific programs which have specialized accreditations recognized by the following state, regional, and/or national organizations and accrediting agencies:

Institutional Research

The Office of Institutional Research regularly receives data from various local, state, and national 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 of Holmes Community College 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 and program completes a SWOT (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 development activities is due to the Office of Institutional Research by the first Friday of May of each year.

National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA) for Online Education

To Holmes Community College students or prospective students who will not reside in Mississippi while enrolled in Holmes online classes, all U.S. states require postsecondary educational institutions to be legally authorized to provide postsecondary educational instruction in all states and territories. Holmes Community College wants to provide online education programs and courses to students in all states and territories. To facilitate this endeavor for out-of-state students, Holmes participates in the NC-SARA, which is an agreement among member states, districts, and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary online education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four regional educational compacts.

Colleges and universities in a SARA state only need their home state authorization to offer online education to any other SARA member state. A current list of member states can be found here.

Contact information about online education at Holmes Community College may be found here.

Professional Licensure

Requirements for licensure vary from one profession to another and from state to state. If a person lives outside the state of Mississippi and is considering a program that leads to licensure, then the person should contact the appropriate licensing board in the individual’s home state before applying to Holmes Community College. While it is the student’s responsibility to contact the appropriate licensing board in his or her home state to confirm whether or not the Holmes program will meet the state’s licensure requirements, Holmes will make attempts to contact students who are residing out of state while enrolled in licensure programs to prompt them to check their state’s requirements. 

For licensure information of career technical programs at Holmes Community College, please review the programs listed here.