Planning and Research

Mission, Goals, and Planning

The mission of Sandhills Community College is to provide educational opportunities of the highest quality to all the people of the Sandhills area of central North Carolina. The mission and its six supporting goals was last reviewed campus-wide in 2011. The six goals supporting the mission are utilized by each college unit and academic program to set outcomes to support the colleges mission and goals. The Office of Planning and Research supports the data collection and measurement necessary to determine how well Sandhills is meeting campus-wide outcome objectives and goals. In addition, the Office of Planning and Research regularly measures department and office-specific mission statements with goals and outcomes.

The Planning Process

The following documents explain the colleges strategic planning process, present the planning cycle, and illustrate the colleges campus-wide engagement in planning.

The Assessment Process

The Evaluation Process

Program reviews are conducted each spring by all units, both instructional and non-instructional. For instructional units, program reviews look closely at student learning outcomes and program outcomes. When units find that they need to improve outcomes, they outline a plan for improvement, including budget requests. For non-instructional units, program reviews look at a units role in the overall function of the institution and include program changes, challenges, successes, plans for improvement, and budget requests.

Every third year instructional and non-instructional units complete an intensive program review. During this process, each unit is thoroughly reviewed and discussed from the unit level to the senior administration. The process is important because it requires each unit to reflect on its current status as well as to consider its future direction.

Student Achievement Data

The North Carolina Community College System office (NCCCS) publishes annual performance information related to state-wide performance measures.  These measures include student graduation and transfer data.

2019 NC Community College Performance Measures


If you have any questions concerning the planning and research policies or procedures of Sandhills Community College, please contact

Lindsey Farmer
Dean of Planning and Research
144 Blue Hall
(910) 695-3907

Becky Graham
Data Management Analyst
135 Blue Hall
(910) 246-5368

Stephanie Miller
Research and Assessment Analyst
136 Blue Hall
(910) 246-2859