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Office of Assessment & Institutional Research


Graham Hall 104

1200 S. Jay St.

Aberdeen, S.D. 57401


Phone: 605-626-2433


Marilyn Zimmerman, Testing Coordinator


Graham Hall 105

Phone: 605-626-3290

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Northern State University
Office of Institutional Research


Northern's Office of Institutional Research mission is to meet the information needs of the decision and policy makers of the institution as they try to fulfill NSU's mission by meeting the educational and social needs of the students.


To do this, the Office of Institutional Research shall:


  • Provide information that can be effectively used in the institution's decision- and policy making process;
  • Develop information systems that are easy to use and consistently accurate;
  • Maintain a reputation for timeliness, accuracy, objectivity, and consistency;
  • Educate constituents in the interpretation and use of information;
  • Make use of external sources of information to keep abreast of regional and national trends in higher education;
  • Recognize information that should be maintained as confidential and train other members of the NSU community to do the same;
  • Use current and effective methods, techniques, and knowledge gained through professional development opportunities; and
  • Be an excellent ambassador for NSU to Aberdeen, the state of South Dakota, and the nation by striving for excellence in its cooperative service with them.




Association for Institutional Research (AIR)


Association for Institutional Research of the Upper Midwest