Increasing College Access and Success for Low Income Students Presenters
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Bettinger is an associate professor in the Stanford
University School of Education. His research interests include
economics of education; student success and completion in
college; teacher characteristics and student success in college;
effects of voucher programs on both academic and non-academic
outcomes. His most recent work focuses on the effects of
FAFSA simplification on students’ collegiate outcomes.
Brock is the Commissioner of the National Center for
Education Research with the U.S. Department of Education. Brock
holds a B.A. in anthropology from Pitzer College, a master’s
degree in public administration from Columbia University, and a
Ph.D. in social welfare from the University of California, Los
Carrell is a Professor of Economics at UC Davis. He is a
Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic
Research in the Economics of Education group and a Research
Fellow at Institute for the Study of Labor. His research focuses
on the effect of school inputs, peer effects and barriers to
Howell is the executive director of policy research and the
co-director of The College Board’s Advocacy & Policy Center,
which strives to make critical connections between education
policy, research, and practice. She holds a doctorate in
economics and conducts research on access
and success throughout the education pipeline.
Kurlaender is an Associate Professor of Education at UC
Davis. She investigates students’ educational pathways, in
particular K-12 and postsecondary alignment, and access to and
success in postsecondary schooling. She has expertise on
alternative pathways to college and college readiness at both
community colleges and four-year colleges and universities.
Alexander Mayer is a Research Associate at MDRC. He is the project director for Achieving the Dream, and his research at MDRC includes the Performance-Based Scholarship Demonstration, a long-term follow-up of the Opening Doors learning communities program at Kingsborough Community College, the New Mathways Project, and the Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency project sponsored by the Administration for Families and Children of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Oreopoulos is Professor of Economics and Public
Policy at the University of Toronto. He received his Ph.D.
from the University of California, at Berkeley and his M.A. from
the University of British Columbia. He is a Research Associate of
the National Bureau of Economic Research and Research Fellow at
the Canadian Institute For Advanced Research.
Phillips is an Associate Professor of Public Policy and
Sociology at UCLA. Phillips studies the causes and
consequences of educational inequality. Her research focuses in
particular on the causes of ethnic and socioeconomic disparities
in educational success and how to reduce those disparities.
Sarah Reber is
an Associate Professor of Public Policy in the UCLA Luskin School
of Public Affairs and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National
Bureau of Economic Research. She received her Ph.D. in economics
from Harvard University in 2003. From 2003 to 2005, she was a
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy Research
at UC Berkeley.
Sacerdote is Richard S. Braddock 1963 Professor in
Economics and Chair Of Economics Department at Dartmouth College.
He enjoys working with detailed data to enhance our understanding
of why children and youth turn out the way they do. He is also
involved in a series of studies to examine how students make
choices about college going and how policy makers might influence
that decision-making process.
Smith is an Associate Policy Research Scientist at the
College Board Advocacy & Policy Center. He holds a Ph.D. in
economics and conducts research on student-college match.
Walton is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at
Stanford University. His research examines the nature of self and
identity, often in the context of academic motivation and
achievement. He is interested in social factors relevant to
motivation, in stereotypes and group differences in school
achievement, and in social-psychological interventions to raise
achievement and narrow group differences.
Discussions from the Field: K-12 and Postsecondary Educational Leaders’ Perspectives on College Access and Success
• Martha Dent, Vice Principal, McNair High
• Celia Esposito-Noy, Vice Chancellor, Chabot-Las Positas Community College District
• Ed Manansala, Deputy Superintendent, El Dorado County Office of Education
• Rachel Rosenthal, President, Folsom Lake College
• Greg Thomas, Principal, West Campus High School
• Deborah Travis, President Emeritus, Cosumnes River College
Moderator: Ann Person, Mathematica