Institutional Research seeks to provide data, reports, and analyses, that support institutional planning and decision-making, encourage the scholarship of teaching and learning, improve the curricular and co-curricular offerings, and effectively document the outcomes of a liberal arts education and the Alma Experience.
Alma College prepares a number of publications annually that outline current college policies; academic program requirements; tuition and fees; admission and scholarship information; as well as data that document student educational outcomes, including retention and graduation rates. Limited quantities of print publications are made available each year, however, PDF versions of these publications are persistently linked on the Alma College website. Individuals seeking such information should refer to the following college publications:
The Common Data Set
Alma participates in The Common Data Set (CDS) initiative. This collaborative effort,among higher education institutions and media sources (e.g., the College Board, Peterson’s, U.S. News & World Report) is aimed at improving the quality and accuracy of information available to prospective students, their families, and others involved in helping students transition to college. Alma College’s 2015-16 Common Data Set is linked below:
National Survey of Student Engagement
The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) is an annual survey that seeks to measure student engagement on hundreds of U.S. and Canadian college campuses each year. Student engagement is measured in terms of 1) the amount of time and effort students put into their studies and other educationally purposeful activities, and 2) how the institution invests resources and organizes its curriculum and programs to encourage student participation in activities linked to student learning by decades of research. Select results from NSSE 2014 survey results follow.