Improving Data Collection Procedures

With leadership from the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) Research and Policy Studies division and guidance from local community colleges, the Board substantially streamlined data collection procedures in 2017. The ICCB increased agency focus on reducing reporting burden and data collection redundancy with emphasis on retention of data elements needed for compliance and accountability purposes while also having the ability to answer critical policy questions, inform continuous improvement, and ultimately, to support students on pathways to success. ICCB eliminated 25 percent of its MIS data submissions. Additionally, for the remaining required MIS data submissions, the ICCB eliminated approximately 10 percent of the data elements.