Dr. 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 directs the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), housed at IU's Center for Postsecondary Research. Since its inception in 2000, more than 1,500 bachelor's-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. Through this work, McCormick aims to enrich the national 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.
Before coming to Indiana, McCormick was a senior scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, an educational research and policy center. In that role, he led a major overhaul of the Foundation's widely-used classification of U.S. colleges and universities. He holds a bachelor's degree in French from Dartmouth College, and a Ph.D. in education and sociology from Stanford University.