Office of Planning, Assessment, and Institutional Research Office of Planning, Assessment, and Institutional Research

Office of Planning, Assessment, and Institutional Research



The Mission of the Office of Planning, Assessment, and Institutional Research (OPAIR) is to support the College strategic plan, the "closing the assessment loop" efforts, and respond to internal and external reporting needed for Frederick Community College to be effective.






  1. Facilitate the development of creative and effective methods to assess and improve student learning.
  2. Manage the research activities by providing meaningful and accurate data for the overall effectiveness of the College.
  3. Collaborate with the campus community to support, coordinate, and provide directionality for the strategic planning process.

Student Snapshot


Total Students Served
Graduates per year
Female to Male percents
Full time to Part time

Institutional Effectiveness

Semester Enrollment/Student Profile

Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC)

Department of Education

Transfer & Retention

Reports Archive

Frederick Community develops a five year strategic plan to promote, support, nurture, and model the mission, vision, and values of the college.

The strategic plan is developed annually. To view all the available plans, please visit our Reports Archive.


Strategic Plan Cover Strategic Planning Process cover


Frederick Community College supports research in higher education and the free exchange of ideas.

The purpose of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects for all research that is conducted at the College. The IRB reviews and approves all internal and external research requests that are not conducted as part of official College business. This Policy and Procedures does not apply to research conducted as part of class instruction, unless the research entails more than minimal risk to human subjects.

Institutional Review Board Policy and Procedure

Human Subject Participants Application


Contact Information

Gohar Farahani, Ph.D.
Executive Director of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness
Office: A 209 A
Phone: 301.846.2451

Cheoleon Lee, Ph.D.
Senior Researcher, Institutional Research and Compliance
Office: J-312 F
Phone: 240.629.7992

Kevin J. Martin, Ph.D.
Senior Researcher, Institutional Effectiveness
Office: A 208
Phone: 301.846.2621

Andrea Matthews
Research Analyst
Office: A 209B
Phone: 301-846.2665