Alexander C. McCormick
Alexander C. McCormick succeeded George D. Kuh as NSSE director in January 2008. He also holds a faculty appointment in the Indiana University School of Education’s Educational Leadership and Policy Studies department, where he teaches in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program.
Through his work with NSSE, McCormick aims to enrich the national discourse about quality and accountability in higher education, while also providing institutions with tools they can use to diagnose and improve undergraduate teaching and learning. His research interests center around assessment and accountability in higher education, and also organizational change and improvement in higher education.
Prior to joining Indiana University, McCormick served as Senior Scholar at The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, where he directed a major overhaul of the Foundation's widely-used Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and also served as director of survey research. McCormick began his career in higher education as an admissions officer at Dartmouth College, where he subsequently served as Assistant Dean of the College.
McCormick holds a Ph.D. (education and sociology) and a Master’s degree (educational administration and policy analysis) from Stanford University, and a bachelor’s degree (French) from Dartmouth College.