Research & Policy Analysis


  Frank Balz   
Vice President for Research & Policy Analysis  

Frank Balz has been affiliated with NAICU since 1978. In his current position, he develops and manages research, analysis, and information services on behalf of independent higher education.

In 1978 Balz joined the staff of the National Institute of Independent Colleges and Universities, a research organization that was affiliated with NAICU. He was appointed executive director of NIICU in 1986, and became NAICU's vice president for research and policy analysis when the two organizations merged in 1995. He earned a B.A. degree from King's College (PA), and holds M.A. and M. Phil. degrees from The George Washington University.
  Jason Ramirez
Director of Research & Policy Analysis 

Jason Ramirez came to NAICU in 2015 with nearly 15 years of experience in education research. Working as a research analyst with the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation (TG) and senior research analyst and manager at the Texas Education Agency, Jason and his teams produced numerous reports, databases, and web sites documenting various topics such as secondary school completion, higher education access and indebtedness, and state and federal education and financial aid policies. Prior to becoming involved in education, Jason spent two years working as a strategic planner. Jason holds a bachelor’s degree in government from the University of Texas and a master’s degree in political science from Texas A&M University.  
    Cheryl L. Frisby  
Coordinator of Computer Services 

Cheryl Frisby is responsible for the overall operation and maintenance of computer equipment and data systems at NAICU. She received her bachelor of science degree from Northeastern University (MA). 
  Marcia Brooks
Research & Policy Analysis Staff Assistant 

Marcia Brooks provides staff support to the research and policy analysis staff, and is responsible for publication order fulfillment. She attended Prince George’s Community College (MD).