Carlo Salerno, Ph.D.
As vice president, Data Analytics, Dr. Carlo Salerno identifies and leverages postsecondary education data to help Strada Education NetworkSM advance Completion With a Purpose®, enhancing student success in college — or other postsecondary programs — and connecting graduates to rewarding careers and fulfilling lives.
Dr. Salerno’s data analysis focuses primarily on college access, affordability, completion, and workforce transition issues.
Prior to joining Strada Education, then known as USA Funds®, in 2016, Dr. Salerno was a private consultant conducting research and policy analysis for a broad range of partners in the higher education community. He has provided higher education analysis for national advocacy groups and private sector companies, working to develop solutions for students and schools. His work also includes research for private and government groups on income share agreements, social impact bonds, and the challenges of the information collection burden.
Dr. Salerno also has served as a senior analyst on higher education issues for the U.S. Government Accountability Office. He is a two-time entrepreneur, co-founding a boutique education analytics firm in 2008 and working with Pave.com in 2012 to develop one of the nation’s first income share agreement marketplaces. He formerly was a senior research associate with the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies in the Netherlands. His writing has been featured in Inside Higher Ed, Forbes and The Huffington Post. In 2016 Dr. Salerno was named one of LinkedIn’s top 10 education writers.
Dr. Salerno holds a doctoral degree in higher education, with a concentration in economics, from Penn State University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Eastern Michigan University.