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September 2011

Staff News

Alli Bell

Alli Bell has joined NCES as the Survey Director for the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Completions Survey. In this capacity, Alli works with postsecondary institutions to collect data on the numbers of degrees and certificates awarded annually. Alli recently completed her doctorate in higher education at the University of Michigan. Alli comes to NCES from Boulder, CO, where she was a policy analyst for the national association of State Higher Education Executive Officers.

Sarah Crissey

Sarah Crissey recently joined NCES's Postsecondary, Adult, and Career Education Division as a research scientist. She will be working on postsecondary sample surveys. Prior to coming to NCES, Sarah was a statistician at the U.S. Census Bureau, Education and Social Stratification Branch, where she worked on the Current Population Survey, American Community Survey, and Survey of Income and Program Participation. Sarah received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin, where she studied demography and education.

Erin Roth

Erin Roth recently joined NCES as an associate research scientist. She works with the Annual Reports team examining the comparability and reliability of international education indicators and with the International Activities Program on a new international teacher survey. Erin comes to IES from NYU's Institute for Education and Social Policy, where she was a research assistant working with both state and national education datasets. Prior to graduate school Erin taught both kindergarten and Head Start/pre-kindergarten in North Carolina. She is currently completing her doctorate in sociology of education at NYU.

Nancy Sharkey

Nancy Sharkey has joined NCES as a program officer for the Statewide, Longitudinal Data Systems team. She will focus on supporting states' efforts to effectively use the data in their state longitudinal data systems to inform policy and practice. Nancy comes to NCES from the District of Columbia's Office of the State Superintendent of Education, where she worked on the District's longitudinal data system project and served as the data quality lead for the agency. Nancy received her doctorate in education policy research from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, where she studied how school-based educators use data to inform instruction, and the district role in that process.