Georges Vernez

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Adjunct Senior Social Scientist
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in urban and regional development, M.C.P., University of California, Berkeley; M.C.E. in transportation engineering, University of Texas, Austin; B.C.E. in civil engineering, Ecole Polytechnique, Lausanne, Switzerland

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Georges Vernez is an adjunct senior social scientist at the RAND Corporation. His 30-plus years of research focuses on immigration policy and effects, immigrant assimilation, education, and military manpower policies. His publications include Immigration in a Changing Economy: California's Experience (1997), Closing the Education Gap: Benefits and Costs (1999), Reauthorizing No Child Left Behind: Facts and Recommendations (2010), and Implementation of School Base Management in Indonesia (2012). Major projects he has led or participated in include longitudinal evaluations of the implementation of No Child Left Behind, the California classroom reduction program, and school reform programs. He also led various studies of training needs and development of U.S. Air Force officers and participated in the implementation of clinical guidelines in Army medical centers. Currently, he is leading the development of a strategic plan for education in Kurdistan. Vernez's expertise includes immigration and education reform policies, survey design and analysis, conduct of interviews and focus groups, strategic planning, and multivariate analysis. Vernez received his Ph.D. in urban and regional development from the University of California, Berkeley.

Recent Projects

  • Reforming Education in the Kurdistan Region-Iraq
  • Comprehensive school reform
  • Costs and benefits of education
  • Implementation of clinical guidelines
  • Effects of immigration

Selected Publications

Louay Constant, Shelly Culbertson, Cathy Stasz and Georges Vernez, Improving Technical Vocational Education and Training in the Kurdistan Region-Iraq, RAND (RR-227), 2014

Georges Vernez, Shelly Culbertson and Louay Constant, Strategic Priorities for Improving Access to Quality Education in Kurdistan, RAND (MG-1140), 2013

Brian Stecher and Georges Vernez, Reauthorizing No Child Left Behind: Facts and Recommendations, RAND (MG-4932), 2010

Georges Vernez, Karen,Ross, Scott Naftel, State and Local Implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act--Title I School Choice and Supplemental Educational Services: Final Report, U.S.Department of Education, 2008

Georges Vernez et al., Evaluating Comprehensive School Reform Models at Scale: Focus on Implementation, RAND Corporation (MG-546), 2006

Georges Vernez et al., Improving the Development and Utilization of Air Force Space and Missile Officers, RAND Corporation (MG-382), 2006

Georges vernez, Richard A Krop, C. Peter Rydell, Closing the Education Gap: benefits and Costs, RAND Corporation (MR-1036-EDU), 1999



Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: Los Angeles Times; South Florida Sun-Sentinel; United Press International