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Brandon D. Daniels

Brandon D. Daniels joined the American Council on Education (ACE) in November 2014 as associate director for ACE's Center for Policy Research and Strategy (CPRS). As a member of its core leadership team, Daniels contributes to the development, management, and execution of a new policy research agenda for CPRS. He specializes in historically black colleges and universities, higher education leadership and governance, equity and diversity in higher education, and postsecondary access and success . Most recently, Daniels served as director of special programs at the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB). Prior to AGB, Daniels served as an education research analyst in the Strategic Planning Group of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE). In this capacity, he analyzed OPE’s internal financial management, conducted research on OPE’s program efficacy, OPE staffing; and provided to the Department’s Office of Policy, Planning, and Innovation rigorous reviews of OPE efforts. Prior to joining the Department of Education, Daniels served as a senior research analyst for the United Negro College Fund. In addition, Daniels has taught and continues to teach Research Methods and Quantitative Assessment courses at American University in Washington, DC, and Group and Organizational Theory (Culture of the College Student) at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Daniels’ research has been published in peer-review educational journals; and he has managed funded Arthur Vining Davis Foundations and Kresge Foundation grant projects. Currently, Daniels is a board member of the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative (NPEC) established by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). NPEC's mission is to "promote the quality, comparability and utility of postsecondary data and information that support policy development at the federal, state, and institution levels." Daniels earned his B.A. in English from the University of North Texas; his M.S. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Florida State University; and his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin.