Shimon Sarraf became NSSE’s Assistant Director for Survey Operations & Project Services in January 2011 after serving the project for six years as a research analyst. Prior to joining NSSE, he worked in the Office of Institutional Research at Indiana University Bloomington for five years where he developed longitudinal databases to help him inform retention and financial aid policy using various statistical models.
Shimon has implemented numerous multi-institution experiments intended to answer questions related to improving survey data quality for NSSE, including whether optimizing long surveys for smartphones improves item nonresponse and posting survey links to learning management systems boosts response rates. He has shared his findings within journals (Review of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education) and at various national conferences (Association for Public Opinion Research, Association for Institutional Research, American Educational Research Association).
He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Masters of Public Affairs from Indiana University Bloomington. He is a Ph.D. candidate in Qualitative & Quantitative Research Methodology (with a minor in Data Science) at IU's School of Education.
Job Duties: provide general oversight for NSSE survey operations and project services and conduct research about survey methods and NSSE's psychometric properties.