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Sean Simone, Ph.D.


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

Dr. 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. Using the New Jersey Education to Earnings Data System, Dr. Simone, in collaboration with Heldrich Center staff, conducts policy research in support of state and federal policymaking. He has worked on postsecondary migration, the benefits of education to individuals and the state, and workforce pipeline issues, and consults with other states and researchers as they develop their own systems. He also oversees the center’s research and evaluation program and staff, providing oversight on descriptive studies, survey research, modeling, and experimental research using both quantitative and qualitative methods.

Dr. Simone 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.

Dr. Simone 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.