Janet K. Holt, PhD, Executive Director of the Illinois Education Research Council and Professor of Educational Leadership at SIUE, has 21 years of experience in research, evaluation and education policy, with a specialty in quantitative methods and analysis of large-scale data. Her research areas focus on affordability in higher education, predictors of student progression in higher education, and persistence of women and minorities into STEM fields, as well as advanced modeling methods for large-scale predictive studies. Under Holt’s leadership, the IERC has initiated many new collaborations and increased its grant funding portfolio. Holt chairs the annual Focus on Illinois Education Research Symposium and chairs the IERC advisory board. Recently, Holt was appointed as the Coordinator for the Illinois P-20 Council. She previously served as Program Chair and President of the Mid-Western Educational Research Association and as Program Chair and Chair of the Educational Statisticians SIG of AERA. She has served on editorial boards of several educational journals including Educational Researcher, American Secondary Education, and Journal of Advanced Academics, and Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development. Holt is committed to helping to serve the educational community by supporting research-informed education policy.
Dr. Holt came to the IERC at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville from Northern Illinois University, where she most recently held the position of Professor and Program Coordinator of Educational Research and Evaluation and Methodology Strand Chair of the Center of Interdisciplinary Study of Language and Literacy. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology – Statistics and Measurement in 1994 from SIUC.