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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.

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Accreditation Argument Researcher/Author


Faculty members to serve as lead author/researcher on two sections of NMU's accreditation self-study.


  • Skilled at concise technical writing
  • Able to meet deadlines
  • Available approximately 20 hours per week summer 2019 through May 2020 (release time is available; see below)
  • Seeking to understand deeply Northern policies, practices, procedures, and programs
  • Seeking to understand deeply institutional accreditation, Higher Learning Commission standards, and Northern’s relationship with accreditation and continuous improvement
  • Seeking a valuable service opportunity
  • Able to use Google Drive (willing to learn is sufficient)


  • Collaborate with Accreditation staff in Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment and faculty, staff, administrators, and senior leadership across campus on NMU’s accreditation self-study
  • Study and understand the Higher Leaning Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation
  • If possible, attend the HLC Annual Conference (Chicago, April 7-9)
  • Research, including through interviews with key administrators and institutional leaders, to produce evidence of Northern’s policies, practices, procedures, and programs that demonstrate that we meet accreditation standards
  • Develop narrative text and assemble supporting documents that will comprise Northern’s self-study
  • Work with reviewers on refining self-study content through iterative feedback and revision process


  • Summer 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020

Compensation & Rewards:

  • Release time and/or stipend.
  • Positive credit on tenure and/or promotion application (documented with formal letter).


Send electronically to Dan Cullen (dcullen@nmu.edu):

  1. Letter of interest
  2. Two brief writing samples, at least one technical
  3. Contact information for your department head or whomever you report to at NMU

Review is active and on a rolling basis.

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