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Office of Planning & Research

The Office of Planning and Research is responsible for overseeing strategic planning, institutional research, SACSCOC accreditation support, and various research, surveys, and reporting functions. The office is staffed with the Vice President for Planning, Assistant Researcher, and Director of Institutional Research.

Our office is located on the lower level of Sharp Hall. Please enter through the Bookstore. 

This office is responsible for:

  • Overseeing the creation of and monitoring of the College’s strategic plan. The VP for Planning & Research co-chairs the Strategic Planning Team (SPT) which has a diverse membership that represents a cross section of campus. The College is currently creating the institution’s next strategic plan, which will kick off in the 2016-2017 academic year.
  • Institutional research. We serve as the institutional research arm of the College by submitting accurate and timely information to IPEDS, UCAN, conducting the annual Student Opinion Survey, Campus Quality Survey, Exit Surveys for graduates, NSSE, annual retention studies, and other various surveys and reports. Findings are posted on YHC Connect, General Resources. Each summer, the College updates the Fact Book.
  • SACSCOC accreditation and assessment. We gather data annually to support that the College is in compliance with The Principles of Accreditation, and the staff oversee the software that is used to prepare SACSCOC documentation, providing training for faculty and staff while overseeing administrative unit assessment. The Office of Planning & Research works closely with the Office of Academic Affairs in supporting a comprehensive assessment process.



Young Harris College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Young Harris College.


Rosemary Royston, '89

Vice President for Planning and Research
and Chief of Staff

(706) 379-5192

Teresa Sampson, '11

Assistant Researcher

(706) 379-5035


Director of Institutional Research

(706) 379-5370