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


person icon 7,650 Credit Students Served 5,041Continuing Education & Workforce Development (CEWD) Student Served
pie chart 12,345 Total Students Served 59% Credit Only 38% CEWD Only 3% Both Credit & CEWD
graduation cap 921 Credit Program Graduate/Year
globe 39 Countries of Origin
Frederick County 91% of Students are from Frederick County
Credit Students, Fall 2022:
pie chart icon 29% Full-time Students 71% Part-time Students
male-female 56% Female Students 43% Male Students 1% Non-Binary Students
pie chart 25% First-Generation College Students (Self-Report)
dollar sign hand 29% of Students Receive Financial Aid
pie chart 30% of FCPS Graduates Attend FCC

Institutional Effectiveness


Semester Credit Enrollment Student Profile

Health Indicators

Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC)

Department of Education

Transfer & Retention

Reports Archive

Frederick Community College is guided by a five-year strategic plan, FCC Forward, 2020-2025 that promotes, nurtures, and supports the mission, vision, and values of the College. The 2023 Annual Strategic Priorities are aligned with specific Goals of FCC Forward 2020-2025 and direct budgeted resources and attention to efforts that the College has prioritized to yield critical, measurable outcomes that will move the College forward in FY 2023.


Strategic Plan Cover Strategic Planning Process 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