About Me

Alexander C. McCormick is an associate professor of educational leadership and policy studies at Indiana University Bloomington, where he teaches in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program. He also serves as senior associate director of the Center for Postsecondary Research (CPR).

McCormick directs the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), the largest survey of undergraduates that examines the quality of the educational experience. Since its launch in 2000, more than 1,600 bachelor’s degree-granting colleges and universities in the US and Canada have used NSSE to assess the extent to which undergraduates engage in and are exposed to effective educational practices. NSSE has also been adapted for use in several other countries. Through his work with NSSE, McCormick aims to enrich the discourse about quality in higher education while enabling colleges and universities to diagnose and improve the quality of the undergraduate experience. His research interests center around assessment, accountability, and evidence-informed improvement.

At IU, McCormick teaches doctoral courses in higher education organization and administration, higher education and public policy, and student engagement research.

Before coming to Indiana, McCormick was a senior scholar at The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, where he led a major overhaul of the Foundation’s widely-used classification of colleges and universities. He holds a Ph.D. in education and sociology from Stanford University.