President Donald Trump has nominated Mark Schneider to serve as the director of the Institute of Education Sciences, the U.S. Department of Education’s research arm. If confirmed by the Senate, Schneider will serve for six years, potentially beyond Trump’s tenure as president.
Currently, Schneider serves as a vice president and institute fellow at the American Institutes for Research and College Measures. From 2005 to 2008, he was the commissoner of the National Center for Education Statistics, the federal education data warehouse. Schneider is also a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, a free-market think tank.
One of Schneider’s research interests, according to a White House press release: Making sure students and taxpayers are getting a return on their investment in higher education.