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Planning, Research, and Institutional Effectiveness (PRIE)
About Us

Mission Statement

What We Do

Reporting directly to the President, PRIE is an administrative unit that provides a variety of institutional research and planning services for the college community.

PRIE was founded in 2008 as part of Implementation of CSM’s new Integrated Planning Model. The model was designed to promote genuine, broad-based participatory governance and a campus climate in which institutional decision-making is transparent and supported by a wide variety of data and information.

PRIE staff provide technical assistance in a variety of areas, including strategic planning, enrollment management, classroom research, efforts to improve students’ academic success, program review and evaluation, and environmental scans. Technical assistance may range from the acquisition, analysis, and interpretation of available data to survey design and advice concerning the use of statistical tools, or it may entail analytical study and education.

Technical assistance also includes assistance regarding the development of college-wide or subject-matter specific institutional plans and their integration within the integrated planning model. In addition, PRIE staff provide expertise and support for the College’s Accreditation Liaison Officer, Accreditation Oversight Committee, and the Integrated Planning Committee in the development of key documents related to accreditation.

PRIE also provides grants’ proposal writing assistance on an ad hoc basis. In the last several years, PRIE staff have assisted the Department of Nursing in seeking underwriting to increase enrollment capacity for nursing students. Grantors include the Peninsula Healthcare District and the California Community College Chancellor’s Office.

Who We Are

Today PRIE’s permanent staff is comprised of John Sewart, Dean of Planning, Research, and Institutional Effectiveness, sewart@smccd.edu; Milla McConnell-Tuite, Coordinator of Planning, mcconnell@smccd.edu; Monique Nakagawa, Research and Planning Analyst, nakagawam@smccd.edu; and part-time Office Assistant, Marci Totten, tottenm@smccd.edu. Both the Dean and Coordinator report directly to the President.

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Types of Projects

From 2008-2012, PRIE staff has provided a variety of technical expertise and services in the following areas, among others:
  • Accreditation Reporting
  • Accreditation Recommendations (Implementation)
  • Campus Climate Satisfaction Surveys and Subject-Specific Surveys
  • College Index
  • Development of Institutional Planning Documents
  • Dissemination of a Variety of Data and Information about CSM and San Mateo County Community College District
  • Educational Master Plan, 2008
  • Educational Master Plan, 2011-12, Update of Data and Information
  • Instructional, Student Services, and Labs and Centers Program Review
  • Mandated Research Projects, e.g. Accreditation, Campus Safety, Gainful Employment Disclosures
  • Research to Improve Quality of Instruction and Student Services
  • Research to Improve Relations with Local Schools
  • Support for Institutional Planning Committees and Accreditation Oversight Committee
  • Student Learning Outcomes’ Assessment and Data Collection
  • Ad Hoc Studies of Program Effectiveness and Productivity
  • Training and Workshops in Institutional Research and Planning
Who We Serve

PRIE is responsible for reporting and disseminating consistent, accurate data and analyses of information to the campus community, the San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD), and the public. Its primary mandate is to serve the CSM community.

Internal populations include the several hundred faculty involved in program review and other initiatives and CSM’s management team as well as a number of faculty and administrators at the other SMCCCD colleges or in the district office. External audiences include state and federal agencies, accreditation entities, and the general public.