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What's New for June 2018

Dr. Matthew Soldner Named Commissioner for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (June 25, 2018)
IES Director Mark Schneider's Statement: I am pleased to announce that Dr. Matthew Soldner will be assuming the role of Commissioner of the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (NCEE) beginning on 2 July 2018.

Dr. Soldner was most recently a Principal Researcher in the Higher Education practice area at the American Institutes for Research (AIR), where his work focused on federal higher education policy and collaborative research with colleges and universities designed to improve student success outcomes while reducing equity gaps. His expertise includes the design and implementation of complex, mixed-methods evaluations; innovative practices designed to improve student outcomes; postsecondary competency-based education; federal financial aid; and federal statistical policy and practice.

The Investing in Innovation Fund: Summary of 67 Evaluations (June 11, 2018)
A new report finds that 49 of the first 67 completed i3 grant evaluations were implemented consistent with What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) evidence standards and 12 of the evaluations found a positive impact on at least one student academic outcome.