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Carlos Rodriguez, Ph.D.

American Institutes for Research
Principal Research Scientist

Dr. Carlos Rodríguez is recognized as a national expert and scholar on equity, access and educational attainment of minority populations across the education spectrum. His research and evaluation expertise focuses on minority student success in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the post-secondary arena. For the American Institutes for Research, as an NSF Principal Investigator, Dr. Rodríguez has led AIR study teams to conduct a national Broadening Participation in STEM project, the Longitudinal Study of the Alliance for Graduate Education Program (AGEP), national, state and local evaluations of AGEP, the Short Term Impact Study of the Model Institutions for Excellence (MIE-NSF), the Follow-On Study of the MIEs and an “Expanding the Pool” project to build partnership with middle schools and high schools to increase minority student’s interest in STEM. Over the past 20 years, he also has led studies to examine the effects of the Equity 2000 Project of the College Board, Project GRAD in the Houston Independent School District, and the evaluation of the Partnerships for Health Professions. Additionally, he conceived and led the development of cultural competency curriculum modules for family physicians for the Department of Health and Human Services. He is sought for his expertise on evaluation issues related to underrepresented minorities in STEM and the role of cultural contexts in evaluation projects. Among his accomplishments, Dr. Rodriguez authored the national report, “America on the Fault Line: Hispanic American Education” (1997) which informed the enactment of the Hispanic Education Action Plan (HEAP) to guide federal agencies in Hispanic educational initiatives. He participated in the White House Strategy Session on Improving Hispanic Student Achievement convened by President Clinton and delivered an address on the Educational Landscape of Hispanics at the First White House Conference on Hispanic Children and Youth convened by First Lady Hilary Clinton at the White House in Washington (1999). Dr. Rodríguez holds an appointment as Scholar-In-Residence at American University in Washington DC. He received his Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Arizona and his Master’s degree in Bicultural and Bilingual Studies from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is a Spencer Foundation Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation for his research: Minorities in Science and Engineering: Patterns for Success. 


My Moderators Sessions

Tuesday, June 18

4:15pm CDT