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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?

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 Paul Peterson 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