Mark Schneider is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute  and Vice President at the American Institutes for Research, based in Washington DC. Prior to joining AIR, he served as the U.S. Commissioner of Education Statistics from 2005-2008. He is also a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. He is the author and editor of numerous article and books on education policy, including Getting to Graduation: The Completion Agenda in Higher Education (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012),  Higher Education Accountability (Palgrave, 2010),  Charter Schools: Hope or Hype? (Princeton University Press, 2007), and  Choosing Schools (Princeton University Press, 2000), which won the Policy Study Organization’s Aaron Wildavsky Best Book Award. Schneider has been working to increase accountability by making data on college productivity more publicly available. To that end, he is one of the creators of and serves as the president of College Measures LLC, a joint venture of AIR and Matrix Knowledge Group.

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  • Vice President for New Education Initiatives, American Institutes for Research, 2008-present
  • Distinguished Professor of Political Science, 2004-present (on leave); Professor and Department Chairman, 1986-2004; Director, Graduate Studies, 1985-86; Assistant Professor, 1974-78, Department of Political Science, Stony Brook University, State University of New York
  • Commissioner, National Center for Education Statistics, 2005-2008; Deputy Commissioner, National Center for Education Research, 2004-2005, U.S. Department of Education
  • Vice President, 2000-2001; President, Public Policy Section, 2000-2001, American Political Science Association
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Michigan, 1973-74
  • Research Associate, Institute for Research in Social Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1972-74


Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.A., Brooklyn College, City University of New York