About Us

Human Capital Research Corporation (HCRC) is a privately held education research consultancy located in Evanston, Illinois. HCRC provides colleges and universities with advanced research and strategic guidance concerning enrollment management, market development, curriculum innovation, pricing policy, sustainability planning, and long-term outcomes assessment.


Who We Are

Human Capital Research Corporation (HCRC) was established in 1991 to provide strategic and tactical information to education policy makers, administrators and practitioners. Our mission is to advance opportunity, productivity and value in higher education by providing insight based on rigorous quantitative analysis and through collaborative examination of the structures, practices, outcomes and environments of our institutional clients.

Using an extensive array of statistical research methods reflecting multiple disciplines, HCRC offers a wide range of quantitatively-based research services that fall under the direct purview of enrollment management in conjunction with an institution’s academic, finance, advancement and senior leadership divisions.

With a professional staff of twenty research analysts and our IT development team, HCRC works closely and collaboratively with an active client portfolio of more than 60 colleges and universities representing a robust cross-section of the higher education landscape.

In addition to its core campus level engagements, HCRC works with a small number of education consortia, units of government and foundations on issues concerning public finance, social impact assessment, labor-market and industry analysis, long-term planning and strategic information.

While we are a for-profit corporation, we maintain a deep and abiding interest in public purpose and are committed, personally and professionally, to advancing the social contribution and the long-run sustainability of higher education.

With more than twenty-five years of service, we take pride in our capacity to help institutions become better attuned to their market and stand apart from all other enrollment research consultancies in a number of important respects including:

  • The scope, depth and customization of our client data warehouses and standards for accuracy
  • The rigor and variety of research methods and analytic approaches and exceptional secondary and primary research skills
  • Our attention to discovery and comfort with adapting our practices to meet the specific needs and exacting specifications of our clients
  • Our insatiable curiosity and hunger for experimentation and innovation
  • Our open architecture and on-going efforts to advance our client’s own in-house information and analytic capabilities

Clients who work with Human Capital find that they often have to make a greater effort on their part with respect to the capture and organization of data; in the contemplation of research findings; and in their internal efforts to innovate and advance their market position. We offer no gimmicks, quick fixes or magic bullets and we have little interest in helping institutions pursue abstract goals that pander to the national rankings, prestige or appearances as ends unto themselves.

Our greatest strengths stem from our capacity to listen and to intelligently contextualize the needs and objectives of our clients and help frame their issues through the lens of rigorous quantitative analysis and the creative data visualization. With a long-term client retention rate of 98 percent, the vast majority of HCRC’s clients embrace our work as an on-going real collaboration - with an understanding and appreciation for shared responsibilities and joint product.

Human Capital embraces this same ethos as an employer, and sees the cultivation of its staff as central to its mission. From our vantage point, professional advancement stems from an organizational culture that embraces team approaches, open architecture and continuous improvement in all its client and R&D endeavors.

Our Team

Brian Zucker

President - Founder

With us since January 1991

Education

  • B.A. Anthropology, Minor Mandarin, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • M.A. Urban Affairs and Policy Analysis, The New School for Social Research
  • M.A. Regional Science, University of Pennsylvania

Prior Experience

  • Vice President for Research and Policy Development, Minnesota Private College Council, Research Foundation and Fund
  • Senior Economist, Minnesota Department of Trade and Economic Development
  • Special Projects Coordinator, South Bronx Development Corporation

Brian Christensen

Vice President

With us since June 2006

Education

  • B.S. in Psychological Services, Northwestern University
  • MSEd in Higher Education Administration and Policy, Northwestern University

Prior Experience

  • Senior Assistant Director, Undergraduate Financial Aid, Northwestern University
  • Assistant Director, Undergraduate Financial Aid, Northwestern University

Mike Schuppe

Business Manager

With us since Match 2013

Education

  • B.A. in Theater and Telecommunications, Indiana University
  • MFA in Directing, Theater School of DePaul University

Prior Experience

  • Managing Director, Chicago Slam Works
  • Managing Director, Imagination Theater
  • Business Manager, Apple Tree Theater
  • Business Consultant to more than 100 organizations

Keith Christensen

Senior Analyst Consultant

With us since June 2007

Education

  • B.S.: Double major in Mathematics & Statistics, Winona State University

Matthew Eging

Senior Analyst Consultant

With us since April 2004

Education

  • B.A. in Sociology, College of Wooster
  • M.A. in Sociology, Loyola University Chicago

Prior Experience

  • Project Manager, Information Resources Inc.

Steve West

Senior Analyst Consultant

With us since August 2007

Education

  • B.A. in Business and Mathematics, Bowling Green State University
  • M.A. in Experimental Psychology, Wake Forest University

Prior Experience

  • Research Associate, Center for Evaluation and Education Policy, Indiana University

Nathanial Peterson

Analyst Consultant

With us since October 2009

Education

  • B.S. in Applied Economics, University of Minnesota
  • B.A. in Psychology, University of Minnesota
  • M.S. in Behavioral Decision Research and Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University
  • PhD in Behavioral Decision Research, Carnegie Mellon University

Prior Experience

  • Researcher and Teaching Assistant, Carnegie Mellon University

Brad West

Analyst Consultant

With us since January 2010

Education

  • B.A., Double Major: (1) Psychology (2) General Studies in Business, Bowling Green State University
  • M.A., Industrial & Organizational Psychology, Michigan State University

Prior Experience

  • Assistant Director of Applied Research and Product Development, HUMANeX Ventures
  • Instructor, College of Business, University of Nebraska

Christina Mammenga

Analyst Consultant

With us since June 2009

Education

  • B.A. in Statistics & Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Prior Experience

  • Social Research Analyst, Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, University of Wisconsin
  • Student Intern, U.S. Geological Survey
  • Statistician, American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau

Jamie Swartzer

Analyst Consultant

With us since July 2011

Education

  • B.A. in English, University of South Dakota
  • M.P.P. with emphasis on Advanced Policy Analysis, University of Minnesota

Prior Experience

  • Business Analyst, Edelman’s StrategyOne division
  • Senior Research Associate, Forrester Research

Bijan Warner

Analyst Consultant

With us since September 2012

Education

  • B.A. in English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.A. in Sociology, DePaul University
  • M.A. in Sociology, University of Chicago

Prior Experience

  • Preceptor, University of Chicago
  • Instructor, DePaul University
  • Research Associate, AlphaMetrix Alternative Investment Advisors

Johanna Peterson

Analyst Consultant

With us since July 2011

Education

  • B.A. in Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Masters of Public Policy, University of Chicago

Prior Experience

  • Program Evaluation Analyst, Chicago Public Schools Office of Academic Enhancement
  • Education Pioneers Fellow, Education Pioneers/Perspectives Charter Schools
  • Project Manager, Projections, Information Resources, Inc.

Tom Radler

Analyst Consultant

With us since June 2012

Education

  • B.A. Economics, Applied Satistics, University of Michigan

Prior Experience

  • Social Media Consultant, 3CSI CRM Solutions
  • Teaching Process Advisor, The English Language Institute

Tamara Marz

Analyst

With us since August 2011

Education

  • MBA, Simmons Graduate School of Management

Prior Experience

  • Principal, Business Development, GATE Loan Program: First Marblehead Corporation
  • Vice President Corporate Lending, Cultural, Education and Healthcare Division: BankBoston
  • Vice President Corporate Lending, Healthcare, Education & Not-for-Profit Group: BayBank, N.A.

Marissa Lee

Analyst

With us since June 2014

Education

  • B.A. in Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Prior Experience

  • Operations Analyst II, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
  • Database Management Intern, Center for Financial Security, University of Wisconsin
  • Analytics Intern, Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin

Lynnette McLaughlin

Analyst

With us since June 2015

Education

  • B.S.B.A in Business Management and Psychology, Simmons College

Prior Experience

  • Senior Registrar Intern for Data Analysis & Reporting, Simmons College – Boston
  • Senior Admissions Interviewer, Simmons College - Boston
  • Strategic Market Analytics Intern, Mullen - Boston

Sadia Sindhu

Analyst

With us since June 2014

Education

  • BSFS, International Politics, Georgetown University – Walsh School of Foreign Service
  • MSEd in Higher Education Administration and Policy, Northwestern University

Prior Experience

  • Assistant Director, University of Chicago – Booth School of Business
  • Investment Banking Analyst, Rothschild Global Financial Advisory
  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, Georgetown University

Tyler Saenz

Analyst

With us since June 2014

Education

  • B.A. Psychology, Northern Illinois University
  • M.A. Educational Psychology, Program Evaluation and Research, West Virginia University

Prior Experience

  • Research Assistant, Program Evaluation and Research Center, West Virginia University
  • Instructor, College of Education and Human Services, West Virginia University
  • Consultant, Sigma Nu Fraternity, Inc.

Jason Gioviano

Analyst

With us since June 2015

Education

  • B.A. in Sociology, Northern Illinois University
  • M.A. in Sociology, DePaul University

Prior Experience

  • Research Manager, APICS
  • Graduate Intern, Center for Students with Disabilities, DePaul University
  • Data Analysis Lab Assistant, DePaul University

Ann Becks

Analyst

With us since August 2015

Education

  • B.A. in Liberal Studies, Minor International Relations, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • M.A. in Higher and Postsecondary Education, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Graduate Certificate in Measurement, Statistics and Evaluation, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Ph.D. in Counseling and Personnel Services, University of Maryland, College Park

Prior Experience

  • Director of Student Success, Research, and Policy, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
  • Graduate Coordinator, Department of Resident Life - Research and Assessment, University of Maryland
  • Assistant Dean of Students/Director, New Student Programs, University of Florida
  • Assistant Coordinator, New Student Programs, California State University, Fullerton
  • Assistant Coordinator, Orientation Services, University of Connecticut

Sandra Mazlagic

Analyst

With us since January 2016

Education

  • B.A. in Romance Languages, University of Pennsylvania
  • M.P.A. in International Development, London School of Economics

Prior Experience

  • Student Advisor, Office of the Chief Economist, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  • Admissions Coordinator, Office of Undergraduate Admissions, University of Pennsylvania
  • Project Coordinator / Client Specialist, TransPerfect Translations

Emma Grimes

Analyst

With us since January 2016

Education

  • B.S. in Statistics, minor in Mathematics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.S. in Statistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Prior Experience

  • Analytics Associate, Deloitte
  • Intern, State Farm Insurance

Richard Kacirek

Analyst

With us since July 2016

Education

  • B.S. in Psychology, minor in Informatics and Leadership Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Prior Experience

  • Research Assistant, Etiology of Personality and Individual Characteristics Laboratory, University of Illinois
  • Senior Course Assistant, Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois
  • Conference Coordinator, Conferences and Special Events, University of Illinois

Harry Hadjistamoulou

Project Manager / Solutions Architect

With us since January 2016

Education

  • B.S. in Computer Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • A.S. in Computer Science, Korelko College of Athens Greece

Prior Experience

  • Senior Software Engineer, CIC Plus
  • Senior Web Developer / Database Programmer, Emergency24
  • Web Architect, International Probiotics Association
  • Senior Web Application Developer / Database Programmer, Marketing Innovators International, Inc.
  • Web Developer, Hubbard One
  • Web Designer / Programmer, Proceed Innovative LLC