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College of Southern Maryland
8730 Mitchell Rd
PO Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646-0910


Welcome to CSM's Planning, Institutional Effectiveness, and Research Department (PIER)

Dr. Kelly McMurray, Associate Vice President,
Chip Keech, Associate Director,
Kathy Marshall, Lead Institutional Research Analyst,
Daniel Turner, Research Analyst,
Bianca West, Research Assistant.

Phone: 301-934-7621
Location: La Plata Campus, Community Education (CE) Building, Suite 230 


The Planning, Institutional Effectiveness, and Research Department (PIER) assists the college community in improving student learning and achieving organizational effectiveness. Its mission is accomplished through the development and implementation of strategic plans, assessment plans, and process improvement at all levels of the college. The office works collaboratively with current and prospective students, faculty staff, regulatory agencies and other external customers in providing the highest quality customer service while continuously improving processes and maximizing college resources.

Institutional Data

Fact Book
2013-2014 | 2012-2013 | 2012 | 2011

Student Characteristics
Fall 2014 |
Fall 2013 | Spring 2014 | Summer 2014
Fall 2012 | Spring 2013 | Summer 2013

Graduate Information
Characteristics of Graduates ~ FY2007 - FY2013 
Graduate Follow-up Survey ~ 2008

Transfer Information
Annual Transfer Report:  2014 | 2013
Annual Graduate Transfer Report:  2014 | 2013

Retention Information
Fall-to-Fall Retention:  Fall 2009 - Fall 2013 | Fall 2008 - Fall 2012
Fall-to-Spring Retention:  Spring 2010 - Spring 2014 | Spring 2009 - Spring 2013

Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Information
IPEDS Data Feedback Report:  2013 | 2012 
IPEDS Feedback Reports Summary:  20132012 

Current Initiatives

Student Satisfaction Survey

The purpose of this survey is to collect the opinions of currently enrolled students regarding the services offered at the College of Southern Maryland.

All responses will be collected and analyzed by CSM's Planning, Institutional Effectiveness, and Research Department. The information you share with us will be used for research purposes only and will remain strictly confidential. Please participate only once.



Thank you for your assistance in helping us evaluate and improve our programs and services!

The incentive to complete the survey will be a $50 VISA giftcard (winner selected at random). The survey will open on Monday, April 13th and close on Friday, April 24th.