Jonathan Turk earned his Bachelor of Arts in political science and sociology and his Master of Science in educational research from Iowa State University. As an undergraduate, Turk developed an interest in the study of higher education while serving as student body president of ISU. During his master’s degree, he worked as a graduate assistant for the dean of students and was responsible for conducting assessment and program evaluation for multiple student service units. In addition to his position at ISU, Turk worked as an academic adviser and later, a policy researcher for the Des Moines Area Community College. His research examines college student success, developmental education, higher education finance, state and federal education policy, and the application of quantitative methods in educational research. Turk currently works as a graduate assistant within the Institute of Higher Education and is interning with the American Council on Education in Washington, D.C.