Access to Higher Education

The pathway between high school or community colleges and four-year institutions is increasingly important. Students are an integral part of an overall enrollment strategy, but what is being done to make the transition a smooth one for students?

What are we doing about it?

The College of Education is conducting research on:

  • Creating pathways into higher education
  • Effective practices for student transition from high school and two-year institutions to four-year institutions
  • Educational institutions and financing leadership
  • Experiences of international students in American higher education institutions
  • College student access and success, particularly for students attending two-year public community colleges and private for-profit colleges
  • The use of social media and texting in enhancing the community building and success of community college student
  • Impacts of summer bridge programs 

Who is doing it?

Associate Professor of Practice, Educational Psychology, Heidi Burross
Associate Professor, Educational Policy Studies & Practice, Nolan Cabrera
Professor, Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies, Julio Cammarota
Assistant Dean, Research, Sara Chavarria
Department Head, Education Policy Studies and Practice, Regina Deil-Amen
Professor, Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies, Bruce Johnson
Professor, Center for the Study of Higher Education, Judy Kiyama
Professor, Educational Policy Studies & Practice, Jenny Lee
Assistant Professor, Educational Policy Studies & Practice, JD Lopez
Assistant Professor of Practice, W.A. Franke Honors College, Nadia Alvarez Mexia
Assistant Professor, Educational Policy Studies & Practice, Chi Nguyen
Professor, Disability and Psychoeducational Studies, Michelle Perfect
Associate Professor of Practice, Disability and Psychoeducational Studies, Vanessa Perry
Department Head, Education Policy Studies & Practice, Gary Rhoades
Associate Professor, Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies, Valerie Shirley
Professor of Practice, Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies​​​​​​​, Crystal Soltero
Associate Professor, Disability & Psychoeducational Studies, Desiree Vega