Michael McNicholas is a Senior Research Director in NORC's Education and Child Development department with a 20-year record in teaching and research. McNicholas worked on the Department of Education's Prospects Study, Survey of Earned Doctorates, as well as the Gates Millennium Scholars study, in addition to projects for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Department of Labor, among others. He possesses a strong understanding of K-16 issues, having served as a director of institutional research and a classroom teacher in American history, geography and English.
Currently, he directs two education studies, the Chicago Education and Behavior Survey of Adolescents (CEBSA) and the Chicago School Readiness Project (CSRP). He is recruiting districts and schools for participation in CEBSA and directing the data collection. For CSRP, he manages all aspects of the study including the parent and teacher interviews. McNicholas's experience include comprehensive survey operations and data collection, including in-school, telephone, and web-based studies.