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Stephen Schacht

Pronouns: He/Him

Principal Research Scientist
Stephen is an expert in research methodology and applied statistics.

As a principal research scientist, Stephen leads data collection and quality assurance activities, statistical analysis, evaluations, and reporting activities associated with survey and administrative data. He has extensive experience working with large datasets, including data mining applications.

He led data delivery and dissemination for the Gates Millennium Scholars Tracking and Longitudinal Study, the Survey of Earned Doctorates, the Survey of Doctorate Recipients, and the High School and Beyond Survey. Currently, he is the project director for the College Board Admitted Class Evaluation Services™ system, which produces semi-automated admission and course placement validity studies for institutions.

Before joining NORC, Stephen worked at SPSS Inc. (now IBM SPSS), where he trained and consulted with researchers, government agencies, and private sector companies on issues involving the applications of statistics and data analysis. He also wrote and led statistical and data mining training courses.



Hofstra University


Cornell University

Project Contributions

The Survey of Earned Doctorates

The most comprehensive annual census of new research doctorate recipients from U.S. institutions


National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics

High School and Beyond Sixth Follow-Up Survey

Ongoing study of 1980 sophomores/seniors tracks influence of education and labor on health and aging


University of Minnesota

Graduate Research Fellowship Program Pilot Project

Innovating data collection methods to track National Science Foundation research fellowship outcomes


National Science Foundation


  • "Timeline Data Quality Improvements for the Survey of Earned Doctorates"

    Project Report | January 1, 2014

    Bautista, R., Groenhout, B., Gebhardt, Z., Bilgen, I., Schacht, S. and Zimowksi, M.