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Research Directors

CECILIA RIOS-AGUILAR

Cecilia Rios-Aguilar is Associate Professor of Education and Director of the Higher Education Research Institute in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California Los Angeles. Dr. Rios-Aguilar's research is multidisciplinary and uses a variety of conceptual frameworks—funds of knowledge and the forms of capital—and of statistical approaches—regression analysis, multilevel models, structural equation modeling, GIS, and social network analysis—to study the educational and occupational trajectories of under-represented minorities. Dr. Rios-Aguilar’s research interests include quantitative research methods, big data, social media, community colleges, and educational policies. She obtained her Ph.D. in Education Theory and Policy from the University of Rochester, her M.S. in Educational Administration from the University of Rochester, and her B.A. in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México [ITAM].

KEVIN EAGAN

Kevin Eagan is Assistant Professor in Residence and Director of the Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP), the longest-running and largest empirical study of higher education in the country. He is also the Managing Director of the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA (HERI) , where the CIRP surveys are administered. Dr. Eagan's research interests include issues related to undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, contingent faculty, student retention, institutional contexts and structures of opportunity, survey validity and reliability, and advanced quantitative methods. He obtained his Ph.D. in Higher Education and Organizational Change from UCLA, his M.S. in Higher Education Administration from North Carolina State University, and his B.S. in Mathematics from Greensboro College.

ELLEN BARA STOLZENBERG

Ellen Bara Stolzenberg is Assistant Director of the Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP). Dr. Stolzenberg's research interests include students in transition, doctoral education, disciplinary and department culture, faculty-student advising relationships, and study abroad. She obtained her Ph.D. in Higher Education and Organizational Change from UCLA, her M.A. in Counseling & Student Affairs from UCLA, and her B.A. in Spanish and Linguistics from Tulane University.

MARIA SUCHARD

Maria Suchard is Senior Data Manager at HERI. Her responsibilities include development and maintenance of the HERI research databases, data management, security, analysis and reporting for CIRP. Her background is in K-20 educational research, with research interest in database technology, primary and secondary education policy, item and test design, and Big Data in education. She obtained her B.A. from Arizona State University and her MSc. degree from City University, London.