Xianglei Chen

Research Education Analyst

Xianglei Chen


  • PhD, Educational Foundation and Policy, University of Michigan
  • MA, Comparative Education, East China Normal University
  • BS, Electronic Engineering and Physics, East China Normal University

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Xianglei Chen conducts large-scale research on postsecondary education and STEM education. She is a leader of some of RTI’s most significant work in the field of education, analyzing nationally representative datasets to identify trends, understand patterns, and interpreting statistics, with the ultimate goal of informing federal and state education policy.

Dr. Chen joined RTI in 2012 with the acquisition of MPR Associates. Her background includes nearly 20 years of work with data from the National Center for Education Statistics, including the Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study, Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study, and many others. Since 2002, Dr. Chen has led multiple editions of the National Science Foundation’s Science and Engineering Indicators Chapter on K–12 STEM education. Currently, she is analyzing longitudinal survey data to look at college students’ paths into and out of STEM fields after earning a bachelor’s degree. She is also using transcript data to examine issues related to college readiness and remediation.