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Matthew Gaertner
Principal Research Scientist

Higher Ed

  • Economy and college
  • Minority students
  • Readiness

Matthew N. Gaertner is a principal research scientist in SRI’s Center for Education Policy. His research focuses on college and career readiness and the effects of educational policies and reforms on disadvantaged students’ access, persistence and achievement. His methodological interests include multilevel models, categorical data analysis, and Item Response Theory. Gaertner’s work has been published in Harvard Law & Policy Review, Harvard Educational Review, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Research in Higher Education, and other publications. His research on affirmative action has been recognized by numerous professional organizations. He was awarded a Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship and an Association for Institutional Research Dissertation Grant and also received the 2013 and 2011 Charles F. Elton Best Paper Awards from the Association for Institutional Research. Previously, Gaertner held positions in Pearson’s Research & Innovation Network and at American Institutes for Research. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and a doctorate in research and evaluation methodology from the University of Colorado Boulder.