David A. Tandberg serves as the vice president of policy research and strategic initiatives at SHEEO. Dr. Tandberg leads SHEEO’s policy evaluation and research initiatives and SHEEO’s efforts to connect empirical research to state practice and policy. He also helps lead SHEEO’s strategic direction and partnerships. Among his current projects, Tandberg is leading a two-year capacity building and strategy development effort funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He is also leading a Lumina Foundation funded evaluation of state efforts in quality and learning assessment. Dr. Tandberg is the lead editor of a book dedicated to the investigation of the state higher education executive officer to be published July 2018 by Teachers College Press.
Tandberg has interests that center on state higher education policy, finance, politics, governance and economics. He is particularly interested in evaluating state policies meant to increase student access and success in higher education. His research has appeared in The Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Educational Policy, Higher Education in Review, The Journal of Education Finance, and Higher Education: The Handbook of Theory and Research, among other outlets. He serves on the editorial boards of The Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, and The Journal of Education Finance.
Previously, Dr. Tandberg served as an associate professor of higher education and an associate director of the Center for Postsecondary Success at Florida State University. Before that, he served as a special assistant to the secretary of education in the Pennsylvania Department of Education, focused on postsecondary policy development and implementation. Dr. Tandberg earned a B.A. in history and government and secondary education/social studies from Adams State College, and a master's in political science and a Ph.D. in higher education from Penn State University.