Thomas Brock

Higher Ed

  • Access
  • Readiness
  • College graduation rates
  • Career and technical education
  • Community colleges
  • Developmental education
  • Remediation
  • Research and methodology
  • Federal policy
  • Placement tests

Thomas Brock became the director of the Community College Research Center in September 2018, bringing more than 25 years of experience in education and social welfare research to CCRC. He is also a research professor at Teachers College. From 2013 to 2018, Brock was the commissioner of the National Center for Education Research (NCER) at the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). As the leader of NCER, Brock spearheaded a comprehensive research program. He also planned and launched several national research centers and networks dedicated to topics such as college completion, developmental education, and career and technical education. In January 2017, former Education Secretary John King delegated to Brock the duties of director of IES. Brock served in the role for more than a year. Prior to his work for the U.S. Department of Education, Brock spent nearly a decade as the head of the postsecondary education division of MDRC, capping more than 20 years at the independent social policy research organization. Brock earned his bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Pitzer, holds a master’s degree from Columbia University and a doctorate degree in social welfare from UCLA.