Igor Chirikov is the Director of the Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) Consortium and Senior Researcher at CSHE. SERU Consortium is an academic and policy research collaboration based at Center for Studies in Higher Education at the UC Berkeley working in partnership with the University of Minnesota, the International Graduate Insight Group (i-graduate) and member universities. The Consortium is a group of leading research-intensive universities who increase student success by generating and analyzing comparative data on the student experience. As SERU Consortium Director Igor Chirikov has broad responsibilities for overall SERU Consortium coordination, research and development. This includes coordinating the SERU North American and International Divisions, directing the SERU research priorities and development projects, and exploring new approaches to the use of data to assess the student experience.
Rene Kizilcec is an Assistant Professor in the School of Computing and Information Science at Cornell University, where he directs the Future of Learning Lab. He studies the impact of technology in formal and informal learning environments (including college classes, online degree programs, mobile learning, professional development, MOOCs, and middle/high school classrooms) and scalable interventions to broaden participation and reduce achievement gaps. His research has been published in Science, Science Advances, PNAS, and leading human-computer interaction and education conferences, where it has received multiple ACM Best Paper awards. In 2020, he was Program Co-Chair for the 2020 ACM Learning at Scale conference. Kizilcec received a BA in Philosophy and Economics from University College London, and a MSc in Statistics and PhD in Communication from Stanford University.