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During his career at Central, Dr. Donald N. Nimmer developed a good reputation for his expertise in data collection.
He retired during the spring 2003 semester, concluding a career that included titles such as director of Institutional Research, director of Testing Services, director of Testing Services and Academic Instructional Research, and director of Institutional Reporting Research and Testing Services.
In the 1980s, Dr. Nimmer worked hard to standardize data that was collected for internal use, and was the first to develop the university’s Fact Book. He was instrumental in supplying data needed for many re-accreditation efforts, and also led the charge to develop a national common data set, which could be used by survey organizations such as U.S. News & World Report to collect information about various institutions.
A former Professional Staff Council president, he was also active in professional organizations such as the Mid-America Association for Institutional Researchers, and served as its 1988 president. He served on the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education’s Data Advisory Committee and was on the state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education C-BASE Committee.
His education includes a doctorate and master’s degree from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion; bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls; and an Education Specialist degree from Central.