Bricio Vasquez, Ph.D., is IDRA’s education data scientist. Using a variety of methods, such as data mining, statistical analyses, and data visualization, he takes data and turns it into insight. He has worked in education and applied data analysis for the past 10 years and earned his doctorate in applied demography from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Texas Tech University and a master’s degree in sociology from Texas State University. In 2017-18 he was named an American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) Multidisciplinary Graduate Fellow.
Dr. Vasquez began his career as an academic advisor at Texas State University where he worked closely with students to help them achieve their academic goals. Later he became the data director for the P16Plus Council of Greater Bexar County where he worked to build the organizations’ capacity for data driven decision making and continuous improvement.
He is a passionate educator and has served as visiting lecturer in the sociology department at St. Mary’s University. In this role, he taught demography and statistics courses as well as mentoring and advising undergraduate students. Dr. Vasquez has also served as lecturer at Texas State University and as adjunct faculty at Lone Star College in Houston.
Dr. Vasquez conducts quantitative, population research on the postsecondary trajectories of Latinx youth in the United States. Specifically, he is interested the opportunity structures and labor market conditions channeling students into the workforce or postsecondary education as well as studying adolescent health, the education/mortality gradient, and spatial demography.
His research has included an assessment of chronic absenteeism in three major urban school districts and a study of predictors of STAAR performance among elementary school students. And he has presented at numerous meetings, including for the AAHHE, and Southern Demographic Association.
- Office for Civil Rights Data Reveals Patterns of Inequity, January 30, 2019
- Using Data to Uncover Facts for Strengthening Education, January 30, 2019
- Three Decades of Groundbreaking Dropout Research – Reflections by Dr. Robledo Montecel, An Excerpt, December 11, 2018