Roman Ruiz launched this website as a creative outlet for his varied interests: U.S. higher education, quantitative analysis, data visualization and design. Roman's goal with this site is to illuminate important issues in U.S. higher education for a broad audience by translating innovative analyses into easy-to-understand visuals.

Roman Ruiz

Bio. Roman Ruiz is a Higher Education Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE) and a researcher at American Institutes for Research (AIR). He has also served in summer positions with the Council for Opportunity in Education's (COE) Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education and with the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (IES) and Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development (OPEPD). Ruiz was a 2016 recipient of the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award from the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and named a fellow of the Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative. Research interests include college access policies and pre-college interventions designed to increase postsecondary enrollment and degree attainment among historically underrepresented student populations within U.S. higher education. Ruiz’s current work adopts a spatial perspective to understand the role of place as a determinant of college access and student college choice. Ruiz’s research is informed by his early career as a higher education practitioner, working in a variety of functional areas including residence life, pre-college outreach (TRIO), and undergraduate academic advising at the University of Arkansas.


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