Jonathan Schwarz ’05 was recently appointed as the new director of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Institutional Research.
MIT Institutional Research is a group within the Office of the Provost that provides high-quality data and analysis to the Institute, government entities, news organizations, and the broader community, according to a news release. Institutional Research conducts campus-wide surveys on topics that affect the community including commuting, wellness, and diversity and inclusion.
Additionally, the group submits data on behalf of MIT to the U.S. Department of Education, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the National Science Foundation, and national and international higher education rankings such as U.S. News & World Report.
“At its core, Institutional Research is about counting people, money, and space,” said Schwarz, who most recently served as associate director of Institutional Research.
“Once Institutional Research established valid and reliable metrics in these areas, it was able to apply its deep understanding of data and the Institute to a broader range of topics using surveys, interviews, and focus groups,” he said. “We collect, maintain, analyze, and report data so people can make data-informed decisions.”
Schwarz joined MIT as an intern and later served as a researcher in MIT’s Office of Minority Education and Admissions Office. As associate director, he previously led an initiative to integrate qualitative data collection and analysis, and played an active role in work around issues of diversity, equity and inclusion.
He takes over the new post from his mentor and Institutional Research’s founding director Lydia Snover, who is retiring after serving MIT in various roles for more than 50 years.
Schwarz earned a bachelor’s degree from Wabash College, a master’s degree in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a PhD in sociology from the University of Notre Dame. While at Wabash, he double majored in political science and speech, and was a member of Phi Gamma Delta, Sphinx Club and Sons of Wabash.