Salvador (Sal) Rivas, is a Research Scientist in the Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE) at University of Luxembourg and member of the Luxembourg Center for Educational Testing (LUCET). Currently, his primary tasks include the development of admissions exams and procedures, the coordination and development of course evaluation questionnaires and procedures, and assisting in the development of the FHSE’s Quality Assurance Office and programme.

Prior to joining the University of Luxembourg, Sal was employed at the American Institute for Research (AIR) in Washington, D.C. where he helped develop and monitor background questionnaire development for National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) study – a program under the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). 

He holds a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Political Science from the University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA), a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (UofM), and was a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Demography and Ecology (CDE) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Research interests
Educational assessment
University admissions testing
Course evaluations & feedbacks
Social inequality
Immigrant generational differences
Noncognitive measurement
Quantitative sociology

Latest content Salvador Rivas took part in

Education & Social Work
FIT-Choice Project within the BScE: Factors Influencing Teaching Choice in Luxembourg
In Luxembourg’s multilingual school system, which serves a highly diverse student population, the fundamental school teacher can best be described as a “Generalist”. Consequently, the admissions process aims to identify and select qualified candidates for training into the teaching profession at the fundamental school level (pre-school and primary school levels), including the preparation track in general secondary school and special needs education.
How can digital media be used in higher education of the 21st century?
The daily use of digital media is part of our lives and became a key componement of many acivities. Education is one them. Instead of focusing on the technology , the research initiative ILTI (Innovative Learning & Teaching Initiative) is looking at small case studies to understand how to best use digital media in contemporary Education.