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Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment

The Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment (IRPA) office works to help support the mission and strategic plans of the University. IRPA is designed to help build a systematic, clear and documented process to help measure institution wide performance.

What's New?

Webpage Redesign

The good news is we have been working on presenting a better webpage to provide you easier access to useful information generated by the Institutional Research (IR) team at Northern Michigan University. But that process will take a little time to complete.

Please bear with us as we work to redesign the IR website.  We are focusing on streamlining the information that is posted, when it is posted, and how you access it.  It is possible that we will miss a link or datafile as we work through the process; if you find pockets of the IR page where your data appears outdated, please let us know

We know which pages are most visited and will be updating those first, but other less visited pages are being listed at a lower priority to free up time to provide you a better webpage through which to access institutional data.  As always, please let us know if you have data needs and we will do our best to fill those (use the "Submit a Data Request" button on the right of this screen).

We anticipate having the redesigned website up and running before the end of the Fall 2019 semester.



Academic Year 2019-20 First Figures

Updated interactive reports are available in the Enrollment and New Freshmen sections of the NMU Factbook

Northern Michigan University's overall headcount for undergraduate and graduate students has increased by 137 compared with fall 2018, according to its Fall 2019 10th day enrollment report.

There are 7,732 students enrolled at NMU this semester, a 1.8% increase from last year. Graduate and online enrollments have shown particularly positive strides.

The new first-time graduate rate surged by 71 students, a 63.4% increase.

“Graduate enrollment gains are not from just one data point, but are a combination of factors,” said Lisa Schade Eckert, dean of Graduate Education and Research. “These include new programs like the master of social work and early childhood education; stability in existing programs; an increased focus on recruitment and marketing last year; a review of admission requirements to emphasize inclusivity and access; and the team effort and support from stakeholders across campus.”

NMU's Global Campus online program enrollment counts show a growth of 108 students, or 26% in overall headcount.

“There have been big jumps in both undergraduate and graduate students taking advantage of an increasing array of online learning opportunities,” said Jason Nicholas, director of Institutional Research and Analysis.

Nicholas said the number of new first-time freshmen remained virtually even compared with fall 2018, dipping by seven students. Maintaining the new freshmen rate gives NMU an 18.2% increase for a three-year period, defying state and national trends.

“In 2016, our new first-time freshmen count was 1,355,” Nicholas said. “This fall, we are at 1,601. That's all in a year when the national projections for Michigan indicated that we'd have 1.3% fewer high school grads coming to us this fall. Staying even in this population is a big win and critical to the continued growth of the overall headcount moving forward. It shows NMU's appeal has increased among prospective students in recent years.”

NMU President Fritz Erickson said he is pleased that Northern's three-year enrollment gains have reversed previous headcount declines, noting this is the first time in eight years that Northern's total enrollment has increased.

He added that Northern serves many more individuals through innovative continuing education and Middle College programs, the Public Safety Institute and the Educational Access Network. The EAN delivers educational broadband to Upper Peninsula communities through the university's high-speed LTE wireless network.

“When you combine these additional outreach activities with traditional enrollment, Northern expects to serve more than 15,400 individuals this year,” Erickson added.

Contact IRPA for more information. 


Student Engagement

IRPA has published highlights from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) on our website. NSSE collects a very rich variety of information from freshmen and senior students about their perceived levels of engagement and satisfaction at NMU. We have results for 2013, 2017 and 2018.

Contact IRPA for more information. 



Faculty members have begun working as lead authors/researchers on NMU's next accreditation document.

Accreditation was reaffirmed last in 2016; then next reaffirmation comprehensive review is scheduled for 2026 at the end of the ten-year accreditation cycle. Our next report to the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) to demonstrate that Northern continues to meet the Criteria for Accreditation, a mid-cycle institutional accreditation review, will be submitted in Fall 2020. Shaun Thunell (Radiography) and Kathryn Johnson (History) are working with IRPA on the report, called an Assurance Filing. Work this summer begins with an institutional scan against the HLC Criteria for Accreditation. 

Contact Dan Cullen for more information. 

Data Request Process

If you’d like to submit a request for data to the Institutional Research staff, please do so through our new data request submission form. You will receive a confirmation email that your request has been submitted properly and a staff member from the office will contact you for further details. Putting this process in place allows us to review data requests and develop more streamlined processes freeing up more time for providing services!  Let us know if you have any questions.  

Submit a Data Request

Tableau <a href="http://www.nmu.edu/institutionalresearch/factbook">Interacting Reporting</a> is up and running. The IRPA Office will be supporting NMUOur new data analyst is working closely with the Director of Institutional Research on the upcoming Alumni follow-up survey to create comprehensive placement rates and better understand how learning has prepared our graduates for life after college.

Institutional Research Office 

1401 Presque Isle Avenue

Marquette, MI 49855