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Ray Rodriguez, EdD

Professor, School of Education


Dr. Rodriguez joined NCU in 2014, serving as Sr. Director of Assessment, Associate Provost, and Vice President of Academic Operations prior to appointment to his current position, Vice President of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness. He has more than 18 years of experience in a wide array of higher education faculty, staff, and leadership roles at college/university and systems levels. In addition to his current leadership role at NCU, he holds a faculty appointment as a Full Professor in the School of Education. Rodriguez entered higher education after retiring from a distinguished career in criminal justice.

Dr. Rodriguez has published in the areas of criminal justice ethics, affirmative action, discriminatory criminal justice practices, and has given numerous presentations at a wide array of professional conferences, including the American Criminal Justice Society, American Criminological Society, Midwest Sociological Society, Midwest Research to Practice, and WASC ARC. He has also authored opinion editorials in the Daily Herald and Chicago Sun Times. He has served as a DETC (now DEAC) accreditation peer reviewer and served his community for 12 years as a Fire Commissioner. Rodriguez is a graduate of the WASC Assessment Leadership Academy, Cohort VI.

Prior to entering higher education, Rodriguez served as a law enforcement official in the Chicago area for 20 years, holding a post-grad Police Executive certification. In his law enforcement career, he served in corrections, patrol, and investigations, as well as in specialty units including service as an airborne law enforcement specialist, bomb technician, and explosive breacher for the SWAT team. He also served as a Special Deputy United States Marshal for bombing and post-blast investigations, a member of the federal Weapons of Mass Destruction Response Team, and a commander of a multi-jurisdictional Major Crimes Task Force, where he leveraged his special expertise and certifications in general crime scene analysis and reconstruction, traffic accident reconstruction, arson investigation, bloodstain pattern analysis, trajectory, and wound ballistics. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Research Methodology
  • Quantitative and qualitative analysis
  • Institutional research
  • Academic operations
  • Distance education

Selected Higher Education Professional Experience:

*Serving in community college, faith-based, proprietary, private non-profit, and state institutions

  • Vice President of Operations
  • Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness and Regulatory Affairs
  • Associate Provost
  • Dean
  • Assistant/Associate Dean
  • Full time and Adjunct Faculty

Areas of Interest:

  • Meaning, quality, and integrity of degrees
  • Assessment of learning
  • Factors of student success
  • Adult education
  • Co-curricular learning


  • Ed.D., Learning Analytics, Northcentral University
  • MA, Law Enforcement and Justice Administration, Western Illinois University
  • BA, Criminology and Criminalistics, Northeastern Illinois University


  • A critical systems heuristics model for defining and assessing applied doctoral programs

Master’s Thesis:

  • The impact of automation on public forensic laboratory management in the State of Illinois