Our Mission

The Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Research, and Grants serves the Arizona Western College community by providing the most accurate information possible for decision-making, overseeing research, and pursuing external funding in support of institution-wide initiatives.

Our Goal

The Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Research, and Grants goal for Institutional Effectiveness is to maintain a systematic and sustainable Institutional Effectiveness System that demonstrates the ability of the college to match performance to its stated mission.

Our Function

The Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Research, and Grants annually prepares an Institutional Research Plan to define data needs across the college district; provides technical assistance for department- and division-based grants, writes and coordinates district-wide grant efforts; supports district-wide efforts, including assessment of learning, re-accreditation, retention, and enrollment management and marketing; tracks longitudinal measures of institutional effectiveness; administers AWC's Institutional Review Board for oversight of research; and supports the President, his office and cabinet.

Institutional effectiveness is a systematic, explicit and documented process of measuring performance against the mission in all aspects of an institution.  Thus providing an intentional process of determining the level of achievement of the institution's mission and its educational goals and objectives (SACS, 2005).

AWC's ongoing evaluation and assessment processes provide reliable evidence of institutional effectiveness that clearly informs strategies for continuous improvement, is an important part of addressing criterion two of the institution's Higher Learning Commission accreditation and preparing for the future (HLC, 2010)

Economical Impact of AWC

The purpose of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to protect the rights of human subjects in research. This includes making sure that vulnerable populations are protected (i.e., prison inmates, minor children, etc.) and that informed consent is maintained for participation in research. The IRB also monitors non-AWC researchers seeking to conduct research at any of our campuses or learning centers. 

Through federal-wide assurance, the President agreed that ALL research and grant activities at Arizona Western College must conform to the Belmont Report and 45 CFR 46, through IRB approval or exemption.

The IRB functions administratively through the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Research, and Grants.

AWC IRB Applications and Approval Forms

The Grants Office supports the College’s goals by assisting faculty and staff in project development and seeking grants for programs and projects that further institutional, divisional, departmental and programmatic goals.

Services include: concept development, identification of funding opportunities, meeting facilitation with appropriate stakeholders (internally and externally) to develop grant proposals, review of proposal and budget development, grant submission and board notification.

Grant Alert Form

Grant Process

Grant processes at AWC are overseen by the Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Research, and Grants (IERG), and facilitated by the Director for Grants.

Link to Grants Flow Chart

  • Annually, a grant plan is made in tandem with the college president and his cabinet to support institution-wide initiatives with external funding. Our general grants emphases include allied health and nursing; education and student success; science, technology, engineering, and math; and technology infrastructure. Recent funding challenges also brought building renovation to the forefront as an additional fundraising objective in support of the 2020 capital improvement plan.

    Specific grants are then identified and pursued. A status report is regularly updated to notify the district of grant resources being sought and won. 

  • Grant writers throughout the district are encouraged to collaborate in grant writing efforts. In order to do so, first talk to your supervisor and gain their support THEN file a grant alert. The grant alert will be reviewed by IERG to ensure that it is complete, researched, and forwarded with a grants office recommendation to the President on this particular opportunity.

  • If the President denies a grant alert, the prospective grant writer will be informed of the reason, and if possible, assisted in addressing concerns raised.

    If the grant alert is approved, the prospective grant writer will be notified that they may proceed and provided a timeline to coordinate efforts with IERG. This involves a review by personnel, technology, budget office, and IERG of a final draft, with instructions for revisions that may be needed. These are then made by the grant writer and returned to IERG for final review, authorized signature, and submission.

  • Upon notice of award, the Dean of IERG should be immediately notified. She will assist you in notifying departments across the campus that must be contacted, and set you on the road to successful grant implementation.

Project Development

Developing a project for competitive grant purposes is a dynamic process that must address the needs of the community, institution, stakeholders, funders, local employers and students. A successful proposal is practical, quantifiable, addresses the funders’ priorities, provides strong evidence that faculty and staff can manage the grant competently and incorporates methods of project sustainability and institutionalization by the end of the grant.

Grant staff, Dr. Mary Schaal and Susan Dempsey-SpurgeonThe Dean of IERG and the Director for grants stand ready to support grant writers in addressing the many technical aspects of grants. They also lead district-wide writing teams for large institutional grants.

To the right are links to information on steps of grant project development and grant development tools. 

Institutional Review Board

The purpose of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to protect the rights of human subjects in research. This includes making sure that vulnerable populations are protected (i.e., prison inmates, minor children, etc.) and that informed consent is maintained for participation in research. The IRB also monitors non-AWC researchers seeking to conduct research at any of our campuses or learning centers. 

Through federal-wide assurance, the President agreed that ALL research and grant activities at Arizona Western College must conform to the Belmont Report and 45 CFR 46, through IRB approval or exemption.

The IRB functions administratively through the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Research, and Grants.

AWC IRB Applications and Approval Forms

Contact Info

Phone: (928) 344-7620
Fax: (928) 317-6012
Location: 3C - Top Floor
Hours:
  • Monday - Thursday: 7:00am - 5:00pm