Alexander C. McCormick

Alexander C. McCormick is an associate professor of education at Indiana University Bloomington, where he teaches in the School of Education. He also directs the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), housed at the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research. Since NSSE’s inception in 2000, more than 1,400 bachelor’s-granting colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada have used it to assess the extent to which undergraduates engage in and are exposed to effective educational practices. Through this work, McCormick aims to enrich the discourse about quality and accountability in higher education, while also providing institutions with tools to diagnose and improve undergraduate teaching and learning. His research interests center around assessment, accountability, and evidence-based improvement in higher education.

McCormick previously served as Senior Scholar at The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, where he led a major overhaul of Carnegie’s widely-used Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

He holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University (education and sociology), and an undergraduate degree in French from Dartmouth College.

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