Austin Slaughter is a technical research analyst in MDRC’s Postsecondary Education (PSE) policy area. He manages the technical work—randomizing study participants, collecting and processing data, estimating impacts, and creating data visualizations—for two randomized controlled trial (RCT) evaluations: CUNY Start and Scaling Up College Completion Efforts for Student Success (SUCCESS). Slaughter also contributes to PSE’s cost work and leads the development of the return on investment tool, a web-based application that enables community college administrators to estimate the costs and revenues associated with implementing a new Student Success intervention. Slaughter and his MDRC colleagues recently completed The Higher Education Randomized Controlled Trial (THE-RCT) restricted access file, which consists of student-level data from more than 30 RCTs MDRC has conducted in postsecondary education.
Prior to joining MDRC, Slaughter conducted postsecondary education research at Research for Action, the University of Michigan, and the Michigan Department of Education. He holds a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Tyler. Slaughter is a proud first-generation college graduate, which drives his passion for postsecondary education policy and research.