Ashley Clayton

Postdoctoral Teaching and Research Associate



Dr. Ashley B. Clayton earned her Ph.D. in Educational Research and Policy Analysis at North Carolina State University.  During her doctoral program, she gained valuable research and teaching experience, in addition to rigorous methodological training.  She was the recipient of an Association for Institutional Research (AIR) dissertation grant for her dissertation “Assisting Students in the College Choice Process: Three Essays on the Role and Effectiveness of College Advising Professionals in Public High Schools.”  Additionally, she served as the Editorial Assistant for the Journal of Higher Education for the past two years.

Her research agenda broadly focuses on postsecondary outcomes for underrepresented student populations, with an emphasis on college access and success.  Specifically, her research is focused on examining postsecondary policies and systems that aid or inhibit the educational transitions of marginalized populations.  Several of her publications examine college access interventions, pre-college advising, community college pathways, remedial education, and the postsecondary experiences of underrepresented minority populations. 

Dr. Clayton earned her M.S. in Higher Education Administration from Florida International University and her B.S. in Interior Design from Virginia Tech.  In addition to her education, she has worked professionally in Undergraduate Admissions and TRiO Upward Bound programs.