Matthew Soldner is a principal researcher at AIR, and is focused on postsecondary education. Dr. Soldner's expertise is the analysis and translation of federal, state, and/or institutional data in to products and tools that can inform the work of postsecondary policymakers, institutional leaders, and students and their families. Areas of expertise include transitions from high school or the workforce to college; undergraduate persistence and attainment outcomes; college financing and federal student aid programs; early labor market outcomes; career and technical education (CTE) at the postsecondary level; post-baccalaureate training; and methodological issues related to the design, execution and evaluation of sample surveys.
Prior to joining AIR, Dr. Soldner was a senior technical advisor for the Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, providing methodological and analytic guidance on studies like the National Postsecondary Study Aid Study, the Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study, the Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study, and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. His work has been presented at national conferences, published as book chapters, and in journals such as the Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, and the Journal of College Student Development.