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Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment

The Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment (IRPA) office supports the University's mission by conducting the annual 10th day census of the student body, completing key state and federal reporting requirements, fulfilling the institution's accreditation responsibilities, supporting university assessment in both academic and auxiliary services, and providing analytical and research support to better understand the performance of our students and how best to help them achieve their goals.

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will miss a link or datafile as we work through the process; if you find pockets of the IR page where your data appears outdated, please let us know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 by May 2020.


Winter 2020 First Figures

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

Northern Michigan University's 10th day enrollment report for the current winter semester shows the overall headcount is 7,077, a 3% increase over winter 2019. The university's total population served has increased 19% to 15,683, fueled in large part by 61% growth in users of NMU's Educational Access Network since this same time a year ago.

The total number of undergraduate students is 6,512, an increase of 134 or 2.1% from winter 2019. The total graduate headcount of 565 represents an increase of 72 students, or 14.6%. New first-time grad students are up 24 students (57.1%). Continuing grad students are up by 56 (13.1%). New first-time freshmen and new first-time transfer populations saw single-digit changes of -3 and +7, respectively. 

The university's Educational Access Network (EAN), which provides broadband internet service through the university's high-speed LTE network to learners of all ages in a growing number of U.P. locations, has 5,353 subscribers.

Community learning programs offered through NMU Continuing Education and Workforce Development, the NMU Regional Police Academy and a middle college partnership with MARESA also extend the university's impact. Enrollment in those is 3,253, nearly 10% higher than last year.

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; the 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 (a brief timeline of the process is available here). 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

Institutional Research Office 

1401 Presque Isle Avenue

Marquette, MI 49855