Michael McNicholas is a Senior Research Director in NORC's Education and Child Development department with a 30-year record in teaching and research. He worked on the Department of Education's Prospects Study, the National Science Foundation’s Survey of Earned Doctorates and Survey of Doctorate Recipients, as well as the Gates Millennium Scholars Study, in addition to projects for the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Justice, and Labor, among others agencies.
McNicholas 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 is directing the follow-up to the College Knowing and Going Initiative for the Helios Education Foundation, a web-based survey collecting data on Arizona students’ academic and social experiences during the first year after high school graduation.
McNicholas is also conducting two projects with Dr. Samuel Abrams of Sarah Lawrence College - one a survey of collegiate administrators seeking to understand their engagement practices with students, as well as a general population social capital survey garnering information regarding economics, politics, community, connections with others, diversity, and immigration. NORC’s Amerispeak platform is hosting this web-based survey.
In addition, he is part of an ongoing NSF study, collecting and disseminating information from states with respect to their K-12 math and science assessments.