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Planning, Institutional Effectiveness and Research (PIER)

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The mission of the PIER office is to provide accurate and timely information, expertise, and facilitation to support research, planning, assessment, accreditation and the decision-making processes of West Virginia Northern Community College. The office plays a pivotal role in collecting, coordinating and analyzing data about and for the college and serves as the chief information clearinghouse for disseminating information to the administrators, faculty, staff, and external constituents.


The PIER office promotes the institutional commitment to excellence and continuous improvement through assessment, accreditation efforts, accountability and strategic planning functions. PIER office offers a broad array of decision support services to the entire college community and to external bodies as necessary.

Additionally, the office will utilize state of the art tools to collect, analyze and interpret information to support the decision-making of West Virginia Northern Community College. We will be a visible, strategic partner to the university administration and faculty in providing adequate and appropriate direction to support the goals and operations of the college.

Contact Us:

Dr. Pam Sharma
Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness

Hope Coffield
Applications Systems Analyst Programmer Senior