Institutional Research and Effectiveness


Welcome to Institutional Research and Effectiveness (IRE), a department of the President's Office at St. Charles Community College (SCC).

Established in 1997, IRE serves to provide timely, accurate and useful information to the college, its community and its stakeholders. Through reports, studies and trend analysis, IRE enables responsible parties with the tools needed to make data-driven decisions as the college successfully pursues its mission.

IRE is located in the Social Sciences Building, Room 2104.

IRE Staff and Contact Information


Dr. Ronald R. Pennington

Ron joined SCC in 1998. Since joining SCC, Ron has given numerous presentations and papers on the subject of institutional research in community colleges. He previously conducted research at Webster University, Bell Telephone and in state/local government. Ron holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy from St. Louis University, a M.A. in Urban Affairs and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Missouri, St. Louis.

E-mail Ron at or call 636-922-8271.


Suzanne G. Wirth
Associate Director

Suzanne joined SCC in 1992 and IRE in 1999. She previously worked as a sales analyst at Nestle Foods and in international marketing at McDonnell Douglas. Suzanne holds an M.S. in corporate/industrial communications, a B.A. in computer science from Lindenwood University, and an A.A. from SCC.

E-mail Suzanne at or call 636-922-8337.