Nestor Alexis Ramirez is a Research Education Analyst, experienced with large-scale education survey data—specifically postsecondary education surveys. His expertise includes administrative data sources, variable construction and variable specification design; database management in several languages (Stata, SAS, and R); survey methodology; survey data quality checks and quality control; research related to the student experiences in higher education for students of color, rural students and first-generation college students; and research experience in college access and choice.
Mr. Ramirez is currently involved in several postsecondary education surveys sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics in the Department of Education. His current and past projects include Beginning Postsecondary Students Study of 2017, the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study of 2018, and the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study of 2020.
Prior to joining RTI in 2018, he worked as a graduate assistant for The Finish Line Project, a Department of Education-funded research initiative at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill focused on research around First-Generation College Student success and retention. Mr. Ramirez holds a graduate certificate in survey methodology from UNC Chapel Hill, where he is also a PhD candidate and is currently writing his dissertation.