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Office of Planning & Research

The Office of Planning and Research is responsible for overseeing strategic planning, institutional assessment processes, SACSCOC accreditation, and various research, surveys, and reporting functions.

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 & Assessment chairs the Planning and Assessment Council (PAC), which has a diverse membership that represents a cross section of campus. The College is currently under the 2013-2015 strategic plan, Acceleration to 1200: Excellence and Quality, 2013-2015. In January 2014, the annual Monitoring Report was completed.
  • Institutional assessment processes. The office oversees degree program assessment and administrative unit assessment. We work closely with the Office of Academic Affairs and an Assessment Day is held in the fall of each academic year to review assessment findings and plans of action. We also compile the rubric data for the College’s QEP, Rhetorica: The Art of Writing and Speaking at Young Harris College.
  • SACSCOC accreditation. 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.
  • Various research, surveys, and reporting functions. We also 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.


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 Assessment
and Chief of Staff

(706) 379-5192

Teresa Sampson, '11

Assistant Researcher

(706) 379-5035