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The Office of Planning, Research, and Institutional Assessment (PRIA) delivers accurate, accessible, reliable, timely and equity-minded research of facts, trends and issues affecting AACC. Our team leads college-wide assessment and analytic efforts to inform planning, decision-making, student retention and completion and accreditation at a variety of organizational levels.

Our office serves as a major vehicle for gathering and disseminating evidence of institutional effectiveness and accountability while maintaining data integrity and reporting requirements from external organizations.

Our vision is to foster an equity-minded culture of evidence through data-driven decision making.

Rankings and Recognition

AACC is committed to excellence. The proof is in our rankings and recognitions!  

Guiding Principles for Data Sharing and Discussions

The community values of Anne Arundel Community College are:

  • Community and Relationships
  • Opportunity
  • Positivity
  • Innovation and Creativity
  • Equity and Inclusion

Aligned with AACC’s community values, PRIA affirms the following overarching principles with regard to data sharing and discussions within PRIA and college wide.

  • We are committed to ethics and integrity as the foundation and guiding principles for all of our work supporting college decision making, assessment and continuous improvement.
  • We exemplify professional competence in institutional research and assessment fields and adhere to best practices in the profession.
  • We respect reasonable differences of opinion about interpretation and specific applications and understand the limits of research methodologies.
  • We strive for equal treatment of data requests and analytical support for all campus constituencies.
  • We seek to be open and transparent in data sharing and communication while protecting privacy and confidentiality.

These principles are based on those set by the Association for Institutional Research. Please see the AIR Statement of Ethical Principles for additional information.

Facts and Figures

PRIA is the official resource for key AACC institutional data. We are excited to showcase the data we've collected and highlight our students.

IPEDS Data Feedback Reports

The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) is a system of survey components that collects data from about 6,400 institutions providing postsecondary education across the United States.

The Data Feedback Report is intended to provide institutions a context for examining the data they submitted to IPEDS. The purpose of this report is to provide institutional executives with a useful resource, and to help improve the quality and comparability of IPEDS data.

View IPEDS Data Feedback Report from 2022.

IPEDS Data Feedback Report from 2021.

IPEDS Data Feedback Report from 2020.

IPEDS Data Feedback Report from 2019.

AACC Consumer Information

We have a standard for excellence at AACC which includes providing accurate and timely information to our customers regarding federal, state and institutional policies that allow them to pursue and finance their educational goals.

Learn more about our consumer information.

Additional Resources

Integrated Postsecondary Educational Data System (IPEDS)

The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) is a system of interrelated surveys conducted annually by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). IPEDS gathers information from every college, university and technical and vocational institution that participates in the federal student financial aid programs.

The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, requires that institutions that participate in federal student aid programs report data on enrollments, program completions, graduation rates, faculty and staff, finances, institutional prices and student financial aid. These data are made available to students and parents through the College Navigator website and to researchers and others through the IPEDS Data CenterLearn more about IPEDS survey components.

Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC)

 The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) is the state of Maryland's higher education coordinating board that is responsible for establishing statewide policies for Maryland public and private colleges and universities and for-profit career schools. MHEC also administers state financial aid programs that affect students on a statewide basis.

Maryland Association of Community Colleges (MACC)

The Maryland Association of Community Colleges (MACC) is the unified voice for Maryland’s 16 community colleges. Since its founding in 1992, the Association has worked with businesses, communities, government, and other organizations to improve student success, provide job training, and promote economic development across the state. Find statistical data from Maryland's 16 community college and MHEC by looking at the MACC Databooks.

Institutional Affiliations

AACC and PRIA are a part of several different professional organizations that support institutional research, assessment and planning work.

Those professional organizations include:



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*This office has in-person and remote hours.

Monday-Thursday (in-person and remote)
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Friday (remote only)
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Our Staff

Shuang Liu, Ph.D.
Associate vice president of Continuous Improvement and Innovation Analytics

Audra Butler, Ed.D.
Director of Assessment and Instructional Innovation
Associate professor

Kara Cosgrove
Assessment management specialist

Luz Caceda
Director of research and analytics

Jiaxu He
Senior data visualization analyst

Josh May
Data analytics developer

Assistant director of reporting

Wes Davis
Senior research analyst

Eve LeBarton, Ph.D.
Research analyst

Cathy Hess
Faculty analyst

Sarah Gatchel
Administrative unit assessment coordinator

Jessenia McCrary
Data management coordinator
IRB administrator

Bradley Shepard
Senior programmer/analyst (IS liaison to PRIA) 

Strategic Planning