Director, Research and Evaluation
Economics of Higher Education, Tuition Pricing, Student Financial Aid, Credit Transfer, Postsecondary Outcomes, Survey Designs and Complex Sampling, Uses of Administrative/Transactional Data in Research
Sean Simone is the Director of Research and Evaluation at the Heldrich Center and oversees quantitative and qualitative research produced by the center. He is primarily responsible for New Jersey’s state longitudinal data system tracking education and employment outcomes within New Jersey. He also oversees the center’s research and evaluation program and staff.
Sean was most recently a Statistician at the National Center for Education Statistics overseeing multiple postsecondary sample surveys and data collections. He was responsible for the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study, Administrative Collection and oversaw federal data collections on student financial aid, student records, and transcript data across multiple surveys, including the Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study, Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study, Education Longitudinal Study of 2002, and the High School Longitudinal Study of 2009. He was responsible for multiple million-dollar research and data collection contracts and has overseen the development of dozens of federal research reports written by other authors. He authored reports on credit transfer, the price of college, tuition pricing, and charitable/alumni giving. He served as the Association for Institutional Research/National Center for Education Statistics Postdoctoral Policy Fellow, a Research Policy Analyst for the Maryland Independent College and University Association, and a college administrator.
Sean earned his Master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University and his doctorate in Education Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park.